IMPORTANT FLU VACCINE UPDATE:

12/29/16


At the current time, the online booking for flu shots is closed. If you are in need of a flu vaccine, please call the office to schedule an appointment. We currently have some supply still left for the 2016-2017 Flu season.


Flumist will NOT be available this flu season.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the American Academy of Pediatrics have decided Flumist will not be available this season. Recent data collected by the CDC demonstrated that the flu shot was more effective than the nasal mist in protecting millions of people annually from the flu. Therefore, the nasal spray flu vaccine will not be available this season.

The Flu is a serious disease that sickens millions of people and hospitalizes thousands annually. Each year there are 100 or more children who die from influenza. We strongly recommend the flu shot for all children older than six months of age. Your doctor will be happy to answer any questions you
may have about this change.

The flu shot will be available during well child exams as well as flu clinics scheduled during various weekdays, nights and Saturdays. Please check the website regularly to schedule your child’s flu shot as early as late August.

If you would like to read more about the CDC Advisory recommendation, you may go to the following:
CDC web site: www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm

We are happy that we are able to vaccinate thousands of children against the flu each year. Vaccination against the flu is recommended for ALL children older than 6 months of age. As in prior years, we will be offering flu shot . Please read the below guidelines before booking an on-line appointment for a flu clinic.

THIS YEAR: If your child has a mild egg allergy (hives only), he/she may be able to get a flu shot.
Research shows that it is safe for people with mild egg allergy to get the the flu shot. The mist is not recommended for those with egg allergy. Children with mild egg allergy should book an appointment with his or her primary care doctor and be observed in the office for 30 minutes after getting the flu shot. If a person has severe egg allergy with a history of anaphylaxis, he should not get a flu vaccine.



DOES MY CHILD NEED ONE OR TWO DOSES OF FLU VACCINE?

The following groups need TWO doses of vaccine this year (4 weeks or more apart):
• Children under age 9 years receiving flu vaccine for the very first time

  Children with Asthma, Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses:

These children are considered high-risk for complications from the flu and they need to receive the flu shot. Patients who are in this category may NOT receive flu mist nasal spray. High-risk patients will be given highest priority for flu shots and may receive the shot in a high-risk flu clinic. Please follow above guidelines to decide if your child needs one or two doses of flu shot.

You will receive a letter soon with the high risk password which will enable you to schedule flu shots once available. Thank you for your patience.


12/29/16

At the current time, the online booking for flu shots is closed. If you are in need of a flu vaccine, please call the office to schedule an appointment. We currently have some supply still left for the 2016-2017 Flu season.


Flumist will NOT be available this flu season.



Click on the button below to book a HIGH RISK flu clinic appointment online.




  Babies 6-36 months:


12/29/16

At the current time, the online booking for flu shots is closed. If you are in need of a flu vaccine, please call the office to schedule an appointment. We currently have some supply still left for the 2016-2017 Flu season.


Flumist will NOT be available this flu season.



Children between ages 6 months and 2 years must receive a shot, not the mist. Babies can often be given flu shots at regularly scheduled well child appointments in the Fall and Winter and may not need to make a separate trip to the office for a flu clinic. Please follow above guidelines to decide if your baby needs one or two doses of flu shot.

Click on the button below to book a flu clinic appointment online.




  Ages 3-18 years-old:

12/29/16

At the current time, the online booking for flu shots is closed. If you are in need of a flu vaccine, please call the office to schedule an appointment. We currently have some supply still left for the 2016-2017 Flu season.


Flumist will NOT be available this flu season.



Healthy children over age 2 years with no history of wheezing in the last year, may receive flu shot or nasal flu mist. Vaccines may usually be given at regular check-ups if you have one scheduled in the Fall or Winter. Please follow the above guidelines to decide if your child needs one or two doses of flu shot.

Click on the button below to book a flu clinic appointment online.




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