A Message from Dr. Stokes

A message from Dr Stokes:

Dear Families of Frisco Pediatrics:

After 25 years of practicing pediatrics in Frisco, I will be retiring on February 12, 2023. As you know, I have loved being your family’s pediatrician and as much as I would love to continue that, my husband wants me to join him in retirement.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you all these years. I am very pleased to announce that the office will remain open with our current staff, including Lauren. On February 15, 2023 they will join Cook Children’s Physician Network and will be renamed Cook Children’s Pediatrics – Parkwood. My hope is that you will continue to allow Lauren and the new physician, Dr Karen Evans, to serve you going forward.

Karen Evans, MD, graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She completed her residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where she also served as Pediatric Chief Resident. She is relocating from her current practice in Denton to be closer to her home in Prosper and to become a part of this wonderful community. She will ensure seamless coverage following my retirement and she and Lauren will continue the care of your child or children. Your current Frisco Pediatrics records will be available to Dr Evans so it will be easy for you to just call our regular number (972-335-4444) and schedule an appointment.

If you choose a physician other than Cook Children’s Pediatrics – Parkwood, you will need to call the office to request that your medical records be transferred.

I have been honored and privileged to be your pediatrician. Thank you for all our years together. I will miss you.

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House Bill 1316 Becomes Law

House Bill 1316 becomes law September 1, 2005. This law requires that children attending child-care facilities be vaccinated against invasive pneumococcal and hepatitis A diseases. This change will affect children attending pre-kindergarten, Head Start, or other early childhood programs.

Although the law mandates that the immunizations must be administered to the child on the date of first entry into the child-care facility, a child may be provisionally admitted if the required immunizations have begun and are completed as rapidly as medically feasible.

The pneumococcal conjugate (Prevnar) vaccine is required for all children aged 2 months through 59 months attending day-care facilities.

Children aged 2 years and older attending child-care facilities are required to have two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine separated by six to 18 months.

Please note: Children must be allowed 18 months from the date of the first dose to complete the hepatitis A series before a child-care facility can deny admittance.

(The above information is from the Texas Department of State Health Services)

For more details, please see www.dshs.state.tx.us

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