Todd Harris, M.D.

May 14, 2021 – From the above link:

“The AAP recommends adolescents ages 12 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 now that federal health officials have signed off on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for these ages.”

You can add the pediatricians at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine as enthusiastically supporting this recommendation.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to RCAM in June

We anticipate having the necessary approvals and logistics together by June to begin vaccinations in our office (it’s a real process).

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are currently not scheduling patients until more details have been finalized (we will post here when we begin to schedule those visits).

Due to the ultra-cold storage requirements for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, it appears we will only be offering the vaccine at appointments specifically designated ‘COVID Vaccine only’ and will not be able to offer it during other visits.

More details to come…

RCAM Enthusiastically Endorses Vaccination Against COVID-19

The pediatricians at RCAM have been asked quite a bit, “Do you recommend getting the COVID Vaccine for yourself? …for your children? …for you patients?”

Here are some of the ways I have responded to that question (different answers, same conclusion):

  • Short answer: “YES!”
  • Less short answer (I call this my ‘sound bite’ answer because it is brief but also speaks to weighing the pros and cons with the decision to vaccinate): “I trust the COVID-19 Vaccine much more than I trust the COVID-19 virus, so ‘yes’ – I recommend everyone who is eligible to get the COVID Vaccine.”
  • Longer answer link (some of you are into that): here (general info), here (videos from Paul Offit, MD of Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia), here (safety)
  • Most convincing answer (for me): “Every pediatrician at RCAM – every pediatrician I know – each one works everyday on the front lines of taking care of children – each one are so convinced that without hesitation they received the COVID Vaccine for themselves (I witnessed a few crying not from the pain of the shot but from the joy of being able to avoid a terrible virus), recommend it to others, and are currently planning vaccination for their own children as it comes available. That confirms to me everything I need to know.”

Places to get COVID-19 Vaccine Now

I don’t blame you for not wanting to wait. I’m not waiting. My 14-year-old is scheduled to get her first dose of COVID Vaccine today at Walgreens.

The CDC website has so much good information (It is a good place to start for all things COVID).

They have a good summary on of where you can find the vaccine (here).

The most practical option I have used myself: text your ZIP code to 438829 and you pretty immediately get a listing of who is offering COVID Vaccine in your area.



Rick Gessner, M.D.

March 21, 2020 – This video is very well done.

It is a clear explanation of pandemics and the general approach to trying to control them.

It is 8 minutes long and it is so good you don’t have to deduct that time from your daily screen time allotment.

Wait.. What’s that?

You stopped keeping track of screen time allotments…?


…so have I


Todd Harris, M.D.

Houston: What Can I Do?

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 – Many times we see images like the ones coming from Houston – the sights are overwhelming – you want to help but… what can I do?

Three things your pediatrician would like to share on this topic:

  1. How can I help? Someone really did their homework compiling this broad list of ways to help the people of Houston.
  2. What do I tell my kids? Here is a link from the American Academy of Pediatrics that offers suggestions about how to talk to children about disasters.
  3. How can my family be better prepared? Last summer we compiled this list of parent resources regarding disaster preparedness.




Todd Harris, M.D.

July 26, 2017 – As you are making your weekend plans, consider joining us for a great meal to benefit someone who is pretty important to our RCAM-ily.

If you haven’t heard, one of our nurses – Erika Johnson – recently learned that she needs a kidney transplant.

A group of Erika’s supporters have organized a lunch this Saturday – all proceeds will go to help offset some of the significant costs that she has and will no doubt incur.

Details about the lunch are listed on the flyer below.

It is no small thing to process news like this and to then experience how it changes your life. We want to be sure that Erika does not go through this without being certain of our support and encouragement.

If you can’t make it to the lunch but you would like to make a contribution, Erika’s supporters have also organized a GoFundMe page that can be found here.


Buds Tavern-Erika Benefit 7 29 17

Todd Harris, M.D.

Banner Change: Summer Edition

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

Kids having fun at the pool during the summer

June 21, 2017 – Yesterday was the official beginning of summer, so yesterday we said “goodbye” to spring – and “goodbye” to our spring website banner picture of ‘family walking on the partially tree-shaded path‘.

We welcome summer, and – with summer – we welcome a new summer website banner picture: “Welcome” we say to ‘three children at the pool with a pink floaty’.

A few things going on this summer at Raleigh Children and Adolescents Medicine:

  1. CHECK UPS: Did you know that your teenage child’s well visit (a.k.a. “checkup” or “complete physical”) meets the requirements for participating in school sports? At that visit, we can complete your child’s school sports form (and in Wake County that will cover the next 13 months of athletic participation). If you need a form completed and you have already had a check up this year – no worries – we can complete that form based on information gathered at that visit. There is no need for a ‘Physical’ at an Urgent Care or a Pharmacy Clinic. Just send us your school’s sports form with your portion already completed. You can drop it by, mail it, or send it to us through your email or fax.
  2. Dr Emily Ross joins RCAMNEW PEDIATRICIAN joining RCAM! Dr. Emily Ross begins August 1st. More about Dr. Ross later, but we are excited for her to join the RCAM-ily for the next 40 or so years (imagine the stories she will tell at RCAM’s 90th anniversary).
  3. ePRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS that previously required a hand-delivered, paper hard copy: For over 10 years, we have been able to send most prescriptions electronically directly to your pharmacy. This practice reduces transcription errors and typically is more convenient for our patients. However, certain medications have continued to require a paper hard copy that must then be hand-delivered to the pharmacy. The Pediatricians at RCAM are currently working through the authorization process for sending these prescriptions electronically. We are happy to offer a service that improves patient safety and convenience.
  4. PAYMENTS THROUGH THE PATIENT PORTAL: Do you prefer electronic bill paying? Coming in July, payments on your account will be able to be made electronically through our Patient Portal.
  5. CHINI WAPI DONATIONS: Many will recall Dr. Rick Gessner and his family spent 2 years on a medical mission in Kenya. His daughter Anna returns there this month and she has been collecting women’s underwear to distribute to women there living in prisons or remote tribes. You may have seen signs in our office about her trip. She collected more than 800 pairs. We estimate 200-250 were donated by families at RCAM. Thank you for your contributions.

And now, what would summer fun be without your pediatrician there to remind you about safety?

  • A brief video from the AAP about sun protection:

  • If you like lists (I know you are out there), here are some tips from the AAP’s website: Summer Safety Tips
  • Finally, from our local paper, The News & Observer, here is a video about what to do should you find yourself in a rip current. A terrifying thought, but more proof that having the right information can save your life:
RCAM hopes your family makes memories of a summer full of good health and good play!

Todd Harris, M.D.

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January 16, 2016 – Isn’t it nice to hear good news once in a while?

Some days you could really use that good news.

For certain college basketball fans, today might be a good day to seek out some good news.

The American Academy of Pediatrics made a list of 7 great advancements in pediatric research. Read about how life is better today for our children due to pediatric research here.

And guess what?

Even if your team happen to win today – or if you don’t care about college basketball – all of these advancements are still good news.

The achievements are listed below. Click on each one for more information.

  1. Preventing Disease with Life-saving Immunizations
  2. Reducing SIDS with “Back to Sleep”
  3. Curing a Common Childhood Cancer
  4. Saving Premature Babies by helping them Breathe
  5. Preventing Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission
  6. Increasing Life Expectancy for Children with Chronic Disease
  7. Saving Lives with Car Seats and Seat Belts



Todd Harris, M.D.

December 23, 2015 – A group of RCAM nurses pointed this out to me today and this could be a big deal when you are counting on your kids to be safe in a car.

The small adjustment is near the end of this brief video.

Todd Harris, M.D.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

September 28, 2015 – In Americans aged 15 to 24 years old, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. Prevention strategies generally focus on identifying at risk individuals and getting them the right help.

Information about ‘what to look for’ and ‘what to do’ are covered succinctly in a North Carolina website: This site also provides specific North Carolina county-by-county resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is1-800-273-TALK (or 1-800-273-8255)

The NC State Counseling Center created the following video. It is heartfelt and well done as three students present their personal accounts of the time leading up to their own suicide attempts. The video aims to reduce the stigma of talking about suicide, and, hopefully, encourage young people to talk to someone and get the right kind of help during at risk times.

More information from the NC State Counseling Center about suicide prevention can be found here.