Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic
We are currently scheduling appointments for the flu vaccine! Please call the office or contact us through MyChart to schedule an appointment!
We now have a limited supply of flu vaccine for children over the age of 6 months.
We have received a limited supply of flu shots and FluMist, and will be scheduling several flu clinics to give the vaccine. Patients who are scheduled for a well visit (and their siblings) can receive the vaccine as supplies last, at their well visits.
Which should my child get, a flu shot or FluMist? This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics answers this question: Prepare Your Family for Flu Season. And this article from the CDC has a great discussion as well: Who Should and Should Not Get a Flu Vaccine.
It is important to know that there are NO SHORTAGES of flu vaccine expected this year. We have ordered plenty of both FluMist and flu shots and expect to be receiving the bulk of our shipment in the next month or so. The recommendation is to receive a flu vaccine before the end of the year if possible, and we will be continuing to give flu vaccines through the end of the flu season (April or May) as long as our supplies last.
Once these flu clinics fill and our current vaccine is spoken for, we will stop scheduling flu clinics until we receive more vaccine. Then we will restart scheduling again.
We will not be able to give flu vaccines to parents or caregivers, and fortunately, there are lots of places in the community where flu vaccines are readily available. Please check VACCINEFINDER.org for a list of locations near you. If you have the opportunity to have your children receive a flu vaccine elsewhere, this is acceptable to us and we just ask that you let us know the dates your children have received the flu vaccine.
All calls about scheduling the flu vaccine or reporting the date your child received the flu vaccine will be directed to extension 6, our Flu Vaccine line. Calls will be returned within 2 days. You may also contact us for scheduling flu appointments or the dates your children received flu vaccine through MyChart messaging.
If we are unable to schedule you for a flu vaccine at the time you contact us, we will add you to a waiting list and call you once more vaccine and an appointment are available.
If any of our patients in your family has an appointment between then and January 1, we encourage you to bring all of our patients in the family at that time. We will be vaccinating as many people as possible while they are already in our office. If no one is due for an appointment before January 1, we will schedule a flu clinic appointment for you. The times that these are scheduled varies, and an appointment for a flu clinic is required.
For kids under 9 years old, a booster dose may be required (if the child has not received 2 doses before this season). For kids with egg allergy, the shot may need to be given at the allergist. Again this year, we will only be giving flu shots, not the intranasal flu vaccine.
Flu season typically peaks in mid-February. While many people think of "stomach flu" (which is usually caused by an unrelated virus) when they hear the word flu, influenza is more dominantly an upper respiratory infection, with coughing, runny nose, fevers, body aches, and generally feeling lousy. Complications of the flu can include a secondary pneumonia or dehydration, among other rare outcomes. The flu vaccine offers good protection against several of the strains of the flu that will circulate this year and there is evidence that even if a vaccine recipient gets the flu, it is likely to be less severe than in an unvaccinated person.
Influenza patients in higher-risk groups--including patients under 2 years old, patients with underlying medical problems such as asthma or heart conditions, patients who live with someone who is at high risk from contracting the flu, such as a younger sibling, an older relative, or an immunocompromised person--may qualify for Tamiflu treatment. It is most effective if started within 48 hours of the beginning of symptoms. Tamiflu may reduce the severity and duration of influenza. Because Tamiflu can have some undesirable side effects, including nausea and vomiting, we tend not to prescribe it for lower-risk patients. However, the decision whether or not to use Tamiflu in an influenza patient will be made based on the overall circumstances of the illness and the patient's individual health. Children in low-risk groups, but with severe illness will generally be treated with tamiflu.