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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

H1N1 Vaccine (Swine Flu)

Who will be recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine?
As of 9/1/09 we do not have the H1N1 Vaccine and we are not sure if we will get it. It might not be available in time for the proper coverage. You can provide us with your email address by calling our office and we will notify you when and if the H1N1 Vaccine becomes available. (218-722-1408)

CDCs Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that certain groups of the population receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine when it first becomes available. These target groups include pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old, and people ages of 25 through 64 years of age who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

Staff Information

Pediatric Health Care Providers:
Ray Kundel MD FAAP
Maria Kundel MD FAAP

Physical Forms and Immunization Record Requests

Whenever possible please bring any physical forms or medication authorizations to your appointment. If your child requires forms/immunization records in between appointments please allow 24 hour notice. We do participate in the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection system (MIIC), which keeps a confidential computerized record of your child's immunizations.

What to Bring to your Appointment

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow for registration. Please bring your child's insurance card; copy of immunization record (if you are new to our clinic) and any forms (daycare,school, camp, sports physical, etc) you will need completed. We also are required to collect any insurance co-pays prior to your child's visit.

If you need to cancel or reschedule please contact our office at 218-722-1408 as soon as possible. Parking is available free across the street from the Northland Bldg, at meters, or in the parking ramp attached to the clinic. We regret we are unable to validate parking.

Scheduling Appointments and Telephone Advice

Office hours:
Monday- Friday:
8:15 am-5:00 pm

Appointments:
To schedule an appointment for routine well care and physicals, please call 218-722-1408 during office hours. To best accommodate children for illness care, please call early in the day to arrange for an appointment. All attempts are made to schedule same day illness visits. Calling for an appointment helps our staff to best prepare for your child and helps to ensure less of a wait. Appointments scheduled on short notice may involve a lengthier wait in the office as we attempt to accommodate your ill child. We appreciate your understanding.

After hours care:
A pediatrician is on call evenings, weekends, and holidays. Call the answering service at 218-722-1408 for a call back. For severe or life threatening illness or injury: call 911 and or seek care in your local emergency room. Prescription refills will not be filled after hours or on the weekends. This should be done during business hours. If you need your prescription refilled, please call your pharmacy (except for controlled substances). They will then contact us with this information.

Telephone advice:
Telephone advice is offered as a courtesy provided to patients of Kundel Pediatric Associates. Phone calls are generally returned at the end of the clinic day. If your call regards an urgent situation please inform the receptionist or answering service immediately. Be prepared to provide the following information: child's name, age, sex, major problem, allergies, any chronic health problems to be considered and a telephone number where you can be reached.

When calling for non-urgent matters such as well baby advice or prescription refills, please call during office hours whenever possible. Calls are generally returned in the late afternoon. (View our website for additional pediatric health information).

Well Child Examinations

Well Child Visits:
Routine healthy check-ups are a recommended part of the care at Kundel Pediatric Associates. During the first two years, these exams are scheduled at least every 2-3 months.

Yearly physicals are recommended for ages 2-21 years. Your child may need to be seen more often if he or she has any special health care needs. Physical examinations are an opportunity to develop a partnership between your child, family, and your pediatrian. These visits include a complete physical examination, review of developmental milestones, and school performance. Recommended health screening procedures such as vision, hearing, anemia testing, along with immunization updates will be done at this time. Parents have the opportunity to discuss what to expect for their child's next developmental phase, prevention of illness and injury, and how to promote healthy habits. This would be a good time to address questions regarding sleep, behavior, choosing daycare, and monitoring school progress.