INFLUENZA 2018 - 2019
Can you believe it’s flu vaccination time again?
Again this year, the nasal form of the influenza vaccine is not being recommended as it still appears to be less effective. We will not be offering this vaccine.
All of our injectable flu vaccine is quadrivalent (protects against FOUR strains of the flu). It is ALL thimerosal free and latex free.
We have received our first shipments of the different types of influenza vaccines. Our annual influenza vaccination program will begin Wednesday, September 12. We will begin vaccinating at healthy routine appointments at that time and will begin our “flu clinics” on 9/18/18 (SEE “VACCINE CLINIC SCHEDULE” for additional dates.)
If your child needs other vaccines, they may be safely given with the flu vaccine, but not at one of our "flu clinics" (please schedule your appointment at a routine "vaccine clinic" time). Flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months of age or older.
For flu vaccines, your child should be without fever, although if he/she has a mild cold or other mild viral illness, vaccination should not be a problem. Any vaccine may produce some fever or soreness at the site of the injection, but, generally, reactions are minor.
If your child is under the age of 9 and has never received the flu vaccine, or has not received ≥ two total doses of influenza vaccine before 7/1/18, then two doses will be recommended this year (at least 4 weeks apart) – we’ll let you know after the first vaccine if you aren’t sure.
If you prefer to obtain the flu vaccine elsewhere, make sure that it is an appropriate vaccine for the age of your child (there are differences).
Call for an appointment – if the clinic is already full, don’t despair – more appointments are coming your way.
Check this site frequently for further updates!
VACCINE APPOINTMENTS ARE MADE BASED ON PROMISED SUPPLIES FROM THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. WE APOLOGIZE IF WE MUST CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE BECAUSE THE VACCINE IS NOT AVAILABLE.
For more info re: our vaccine supply, please download this information: SEASONAL FLU VACCINE INFORMATION