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.



Todd Harris, M.D.

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine at RCAM for 2016-17

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

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August 31, 2016 -This image is presented in memory of the summer of 2016.

With traditional calendar schools getting started this week – as we are forced to remove ourselves from our beach chair – whether that is real thing for you or if you are stepping away from some imaginary beach chair – we now face the stark reality of limited time off, kids in school, tight schedules, and… egads… the upcoming flu season 2016-2017.

Beginning September 1st, RCAM has enough flu vaccine supply to begin inoculations for the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season. Please keep reading because there are two important things to know about the start of our flu vaccination efforts:

  1. We have plenty privately-supplied flu vaccine, but – for circumstances beyond our control – we have not received our state-supplied flu vaccine. This does not affect patients who have private insurance (like BCBS,Cigna, United, etc.) or who plan to pay cash for their flu vaccine. Unfortunately, this delay does impact our patients who receive state-supplied flu vaccine – namely, the uninsured and those with Medicaid insurance. We expect to get state-supplied flu vaccine but we do not know exactly when that will happen. We will update when it does.
  2. There will be no Flumist nasal spray-type vaccine offered this year. We will only be offering the “flu shot” this year.

Click here for more details about those two details.

You are free to call and schedule to get your children their flu shot in one of our flu vaccine nurse clinics.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the pediatricians at RCAM recommend that just about everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year.



Todd Harris, M.D.

Parent Resources: Immunizations

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

 March 21, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

We define “best resource” as being:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

Today’s topic:

Information About Vaccines

RCAM Approved Resource

Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website provides a wide range of vaccine information for providers and parents.

From the AAP through

Vaccine topics presented in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way can be found here.

Checkout just a few of its features:

Immunization Action Coalition

  • Vaccineinformation.orgFor parents and people of all ages, it provides timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
  • Immunize.orgThis is the health professionals version of the above website and includes a wide variety of information.

Immunizations for Public Health (I4PH)

I4PH website provides more general vaccine information, including articles about specific immunization topics as well as vaccine preventable diseases.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Disease (PKIDS)

From their mission statement: “PKIDs’ mission is to educate the public about infectious diseases, the methods of prevention and transmission, the latest advances in medicine, and the elimination of social stigma borne by the infected; and to assist the families of the children living with hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, or other chronic, viral infectious diseases with emotional, financial and informational support.”

Vaccine Education Center at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

CHOP’s official website includes this section about vaccines that “provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.”

“The Vaccine Page provides access to up-to-the-minute news about vaccines and an annotated database of vaccine resources on the Internet.”

Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Information Statements

Provides possible health consequences of non-vaccination and possible side effects of each vaccine

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



Tom Sena, M.D.

FAQ 8: Vaccine Policy

Written by Tom Sena, M.D.

“Does RCAM have a vaccine policy?”

Yes first and foremost – RCAM recommends timely and thorough vaccination.

To that end, we recommend the vaccine schedule recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as shown here and below*.

Not only do we recommend this schedule to our patients – we also live it:  it should come as no surprise that this is the same schedule we follow with our own children.

In the circumstance of a parent who chooses a different schedule, RCAM requires all patients to receive the following vaccines as a minimum:

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