Frequently Asked Questions

1.What is a physician assistant?

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works under the supervision of a physician.  A PA can perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures and provide patient education and counseling to patients.  A PA is allowed to prescribe medications when necessary.

2.What is the recommended dosage for Tylenol & Motrin?

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3.What is the schedule for my child’s immunizations?

West Orlando Pediatrics believes that all children should be vaccinated according to the chart below.   Our office follows the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Additional information can be found on their website at and 

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4.Does my child need an annual physical?

Yes.  Dr. Yarckin and Dr. O’Brien, in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend an annual physical/well-visit exam for all patients.  This annual check up is a great time to discuss your child’s development and/or your concerns.  Our office recommends that this appointment be scheduled during the summer months when the office is less busy with sick visit appointments.  This will also beat the back to school rush in August and September when patients come into our office for sports physicals and necessary vaccinations.

While an annual well visit is necessary for an older child, during the baby and toddler stages well visit exams are recommended more frequently.   Following the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, our doctors recommend seeing babies every 2-3 months through the first two years of life.  Well visit exams are not just for immunizations.  During these important visits, we evaluate physical measurements, behavioral assessments, sensory screenings and other planned procedures. 

You will want to check with our office and/or your insurance company to make sure that you are eligible for this visit.  Some insurance requires a year between well-visit exams. 

5.Does my child need a flu shot?

Yes.  Dr. Yarckin and Dr O’Brien, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends a flu shot for all children over 6 months of age.  You may call our office in the summer to be put on our waiting list.  Once our vaccines arrive, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment for your child to receive this important vaccine. 

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