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Pediatricians: Primary Care for Kids

Our pediatricians care for infants, children, and adolescents. We see kids from birth to age 21.

We're focused on the specific medical and developmental needs of children. We work with families to ensure the physical, mental, and emotional health of our young patients, and we encourage you to participate in all parts of your child’s care.

The care we provide at UVA Health Children's has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. We've also been recognized by Newsweek on its Best Maternity Hospitals 2022 list. Hospitals on this list must show high standards of care for both the infant and mother. 

Your Child's Pediatrician

Pediatricians are specially trained to provide medical care to children. They get an extra three years of training beyond medical school that gives them the expertise and skills to treat your child.

The services our pediatricians provide include:

  • Routine healthcare and checkups
  • Newborn care
  • Sports and school physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Medication management
  • Healthy lifestyle and nutrition counseling
  • Allergy care and evaluation
  • Assessment of growth and development
  • Diagnosis and treatment of childhood illnesses

We also counsel families and manage chronic health problems, like asthma and allergies.

If your child needs more specialized care, our pediatricians will work with the specialists here at UVA Health Children's. Our specialists have the expertise to provide complete care in over 30 different pediatric areas.

Get Your Child's Vaccinations Up-To-Date

Respiratory viruses, like the flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), can be especially hard for children. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to keep your family safe. 

COVID Vaccines

Even if your child has had previous COVID-19 infections or vaccinations, they'll need updated shots. Immunity to COVID decreases over time, leaving people open to reinfection. 

The updated vaccines target the current strains. 

Children can be vaccinated for COVID starting at 6 months. Find out how to make an appointment, what to expect, and more by reading our COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

Flu Vaccines

It's recommended that everyone over 6 months of age get the flu vaccine in the autumn. Each year's vaccine is different. They're made to target specific strains of the virus. 

You can schedule your child's flu and COVID vaccine for the same day. 

RSV Antibody Treatment

Young babies are one of the groups most at risk for severe infection due to RSV. Fortunately, an antibody treatment offers protection to the most vulnerable. 

The RSV shot is recommended for all infants under 8 months. For babies that are especially vulnerable, due to issues like prematurity, lung disease, or a congenital heart defect, it's recommended up to 19 months. 

Talk to your provider about what vaccines your child needs. If your child is over 12, make an appointment through MyChart. For younger children, call your doctor's office or request an appointment through their MyChart.