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Flu Vaccines are Here!

By swpedi on October 16, 2018 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Flu Vaccines are Here!

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year and we encourage every one of our patients to get a flu vaccine.

Flu season is upon us and right now is an ideal time to get your flu vaccine. We now have flu vaccines for the current season for infants older than 6 months, children and adolescents. Unfortunately the supply is not adequate for us to vaccine parents this year, but we encourage you to get your flu shot at your doctor’s office or local pharmacy.  We recommend that all children over 6 months of age receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Further, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend special emphasis on flu vaccination for children under 2 years of age and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes. Protecting yourself against the flu is important to help avoid complications of the virus such as pneumonia. Getting your flu vaccine now rather than in the middle of winter is a great idea because it takes a few weeks to build up immunity and the vaccine confers immunity for an entire year.

We do have a limited supply of FluMist.  It is a little controversial whether it is as good as the shot this year; the research is promising but larger studies are pending.  It is a good choice for kids who are really terrified of needles or wouldn’t get a vaccine otherwise.  It can not be used for kids with asthma or other chronic diseases, or kids under 2 years.

Please call for a nurse appointment ASAP, or if you have an appointment coming up, we’ll catch up your flu shot during that visit.  We will have some Saturday clinics as well for parents’ convenience.  Call us @ (512) 288-9669!