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Q&A: Childhood Fever

Source:, By Penny Giovanetti, D.O. Manager, Aerospace Medical Specialties Division

Q. I was treated for a fever at the hospital when I was a young child (5 or 6 years old). The issue was resolved at the time. Now it’s 30 years later, do I need to include that in my medical history for my medical certificate?

A. Yes. The medical history on the MedXPress form clearly states, “Have you ever in your life ... .” The AME should be able to write a brief comment in Block 60, and then you can use the “PRNC” (previously reported, no change) option on the form.

Send your questions to They will be forwarded to the Aerospace Medical Certification Division, without your name, and the answer will be published in an upcoming issue of FAA Safety Briefing.

Penny Giovanetti, D.O., received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford, a master’s in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Iowa and a doctorate from Des Moines University. She completed a 27-year career as an Air Force flight surgeon. She is board certified in aerospace medicine, occupational medicine, and physical medicine/rehabilitation. She is also a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and a private pilot.

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