UPDATED: COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources. Learn more.
Please note that both offices will be closed on Monday 7/5/2021, in observance of the holiday.
Our Summer Hours include updated FRIDAY hours. Please see front desk if you would like a printed copy.
Our McLean office will be CLOSED July 12th-13th, and 16th.
Our Sterling office will be CLOSED July 14th-16th.
Both offices will be closed Monday, 9/6/2021, in observance of the holiday.
7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20, 9/3, 9/17
7/2, 7/30, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
Allergy and Asthma Associates is fielding a large number of calls and questions regarding the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. At this time, we are responding to COVID-19 vaccination questions with the following statement. We hope the following answers your questions and addresses your concerns.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccination at Allergy and Asthma Associates (AAA)? At this time AAA does not have the vaccine and for the time being AAA will not be providing the vaccination in our office. AAA has registered with the Virginia Dept of Health to receive vaccines, but we have no timeline on when to expect them. It’s possible that AAA may not have the vaccination until this summer 2021.
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine, and which one should I get? AAA strongly recommends that all of our patients, including those with a history of anaphylaxis, immune deficiency, or adverse reactions to other vaccinations, receive either of the currently available vaccines for COVID-19. The only exception would be if you have a known polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate allergy – these allergies are extremely rare.
Are there extra precautions I should take with the vaccination? If you have an epinephrine pen, please bring this with you to the vaccination appointment and wait 30 minutes after receiving your vaccine. You should expect a sore arm, low grade temperatures, body aches and fatigue for several days after the vaccination – this is expected and evidence that the vaccination is stimulating your immune system in the expected way. Please also see the following information sheets about each vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/eua/index.html.
What category group am I in? This depends on your age, job, and health status. Depending on where you live you may be eligible for a vaccination. Please check your local county health department to register for a vaccine. Also please reference this page to calculate what vaccination group you fall into: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/
We sincerely hope this answers your questions. If you have additional questions or concerns we are happy to schedule you a telemedicine visit with the next available AAA provider. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please respond to this message or call our office.
Allergy and Asthma Associates
In an effort to keep current with guidelines for COVID-19 prevention, we are limiting our allergy shots to BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and suspending walk-in appointments until further notice. We ask that you call prior to coming into the office to schedule any appointment. Please cover up and limit those with you at your scheduled appointments.
We are greatly reducing the patient volume in our office at this time. Due to the ongoing situation, we may at times have to update our schedules. We thank you for your support and patience.
If you have not received an allergy injection for an extended period of time and are unsure of your current dosing schedule, please contact our lab supervisor for an update. We will do our best to return you to your previous schedule.
Attention All Patients:
If you are in need of scheduling an appointment, sick or otherwise, please contact our staff via telephone or the patient portal PRIOR to coming into the office. We are enforcing strict guidelines in order to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff. These guidelines may result in the cancellation of appointments or referrals to outside facilities.
Any patient diagnosed with severe lung disease or who is immunodeficient, we ask that you cancel in-office appointments and reschedule virtual visits with your provider.
If you have been exposed to and/or traveling in areas where the conronavirus has been detected PLEASE reschedule any appointments.
Please take precaution if you have a fever and/or cough or shortness of breath. Wear a mask. Contact your routine medical provider in order for all treatment to be appropriately triaged. Stay home and contact the office via the patient portal or request a virtual visit.
***Our office does not have any testing available for viral infections***
Employ the following measures to limit the spread of infection:
Please review the following reminders prior to coming in for your new patient appointment:
Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.
Allergy and Asthma Associates
We are so pleased to welcome to Allergy and Asthma Associates a new team member! Beginning in July 2019, Bridget will be seeing patients in both of our offices. She is a board certified physician assistant who grew up in Richmond, VA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and subsequently completed her Masters of Science degree and Physician Assistant studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Bridget joins our practice after gaining over 20 years of experience as a physician assistant with most of her experience in the specialty of allergy and asthma, along with experience from the field of dermatology. She loves working with her patients and their families in order to help them manage their environmental allergies, food allergies, asthma and skin conditions.
Bridget lives in Reston and enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her loyal dog, Jax. She also enjoys cycling on her Peloton bike and practicing yoga.
Whether you are new to our practice or established, you may have questions prior to your appointment. Avoid a lengthy check-in process by getting answers prior to coming in!
We will be happy to help you with:
Please reach out to our reception or billing team with any questions you may have. We look forward to assisting you!
Reminder: If you are requiring allergy skin testing or a specialized test, some medications limit test accuracy. If medically possible, you must refrain from certain medications one week prior to the test date. Please speak to our nursing team if there are any questions about medications you are currently taking- prior to your appointment.
This is not a complete list, please check with your pharmacy/nursing team to ensure any medication (prescribed or over the counter) you take does not conflict with the testing procedure.
MEDICATION CHECK LIST
The following medication (over the counter & prescription) MUST be discontinued one week prior any Skin Testing.
There are numerous medications, including some Anti-Depressant medication that interfere with testing and should not be stopped due to the nature of the drugs. Please check with your physician or pharmacist if you have any question about specific drugs not listed below.
All antihistamines or combinations that include antihistamines.
Actifed AccuHist Tylenol PM
Allegra (Fexofenadine) Alavert Advil PM
Astelin Nasal Spray Atarax(Hydroxazine) Nyquil
Astepro Atrohist Zaditor(Eye drops)
Benadryl (3 days) Bepreve All over the counter sleep aid medications
Bromfed Claritin or Clarinex (Loratadine)
Semprex D Tavist
Triaminic Xyzal (Levocetirizine)
The following medications DO NOT interfere with testing and may be taken.
Advair Prednisone (if on for a couple of weeks ask provider)
Beclovent Singular (Montelukast)
Flonase (Fluticasone) Sudafed
Nexium – Esomeprazole Magnesium
**On some occasions, even if you have avoided the above medications, the physician may decide that a blood test would be indicated before allergy testing is preformed.
Please note that serum lab has updated hours: Monday-Thursday 8 AM-4 PM. Please contact the Sterling Office to speak with the lab supervisor or send non-urgent messages via the patient portal.
Phone: (703) 430-0833, ext 103.