Could getting your COVID-19 vaccine affect the results of your mammogram? Maybe. A common side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine is swollen lymph nodes under the arm on the same side as the vaccine injection.
Here are a few things to know about lymph node swelling, the COVID-19 vaccine, and timing of your mammogram.
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Birmingham Obstetrics Gynecology, P.C. and COVID-19
The health and safety of our patients, visitors, employees, physicians, and our communities remain a top priority at Birmingham OB/Gyn. Therefore, in line with the latest guidelines issued by the State of Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Jefferson County Department of Health and the City of Birmingham related to COVID-19, we have revised and continue to update our policies to make sure we are in compliance. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
For Patients and Visitors
- For our obstetrical patients, we will allow the father or support person to attend the confirmation and anatomy ultrasounds, but the father or support person will not be allowed to attend the visit with the physician after the ultrasound.
- Guests will be allowed for obstetrical patients with extenuating circumstances, such as a patient under 16 or specific patient needing extra support. For example, specific patients needing extra support include those with language barriers, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, or other cognitive or physical impairments.
- Children are not allowed in the office, except in special circumstances pre-approved by a physician or administrator.
- Patients are sent pre-visit paperwork via email or text that also includes COVID-19 screening questions. Any patient who is designated as a “high-risk” for transmitting COVID-19 will be contacted and their visit will be re-scheduled.
- Patients and guests must undergo temperature and symptom screening upon arrival, always perform hand hygiene and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. Please be especially attentive to wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, in addition to correctly wearing other personal protective equipment as directed by office staff.
- Patients who are sick with respiratory symptoms will not be permitted to enter the office; this is without exception.
- For non-obstetrical patients, guests will be allowed in extenuating circumstances, such as a patient under 16 or specific patient needing extra support. For example, specific patients needing extra support include those with language barriers, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, or other cognitive or physical impairments.
- If a patient or guest does not pass the screening process or does not follow office protocols, they will not be allowed in the office.
- Limiting capacity in our waiting room. On the day of your appointment you will receive a text from our office asking you to respond when you arrive in the parking deck. This allows us to make sure all your required paperwork has been processed prior to you presenting in the office. A nurse will contact you when it is time for you to come in for your appointment.
What we are doing to protect you
- In addition to the above items, all patients, guests, staff, and physicians are required to wear face coverings. PPE will be used and disposed of properly in higher-risk interactions.
- We are following a strict process to sanitize our offices regularly. Each week our office is electrostatically fogged with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved chemical for killing Coronavirus.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the office.
New Vaccine Guidelines for Women who are Pregnant, Considering Becoming Pregnant, or Breastfeeding
Updated November 5, 2020. We will continue to reassess our visitor guidelines and update this document.
Here are a few additional resources as well:
Because we are still learning about COVID-19 and how it spreads, the risk to pregnant women, the fetus, and infants remains inconclusive. Research is ongoing, but here is what you should know now about COVID-19, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
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