Flu Clinic Schedule
Pediatrics West now has the flu vaccine available to prepare for the flu season.
We will only have flu clinics at our Wheat Ridge location, 3555 Lutheran Pkwy Suite 200, on the following dates:
NOTICE: We will NOT have our Urgent Care Clinic on those Saturdays. We CANNOT see sick children during our flu clinics. Children’s Hospital Urgent Care will be open those Saturdays at noon for any urgent needs.
If you are scheduled to come in for a regular visit during normal business hours, your child can also get their flu shot at their appointment.When you bring your child in, we also will be offering adult flu shots for $30 at the time of service.
Who Should Get the Vaccine
Here at Pediatrics West our providers feel the best medicine for influenza is prevention of influenza virus with an annual influenza vaccination. The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can lead to serious health conditions like bacterial infections and pneumonia.
The CDC reported that 2018 was one of the deadliest flu seasons, with the flu killing over 170 children between October and May. About half of the children who died were otherwise healthy. Thousands more were hospitalized.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine each year. The influenza vaccine is especially important for:
- Children ages 6 months to 5 years of age
- Children with chronic medical conditions increase the risk of complications from the flu
- Children of American Indian/Alaskan Native heritage since these ethnic populations have a higher risk for severe influenza illness and influenza virus infection complications
- All care providers of children with high risk conditions and children younger than five years
- All women who are pregnant, have recently delivered, or are breastfeeding during the flu season
If your child has a chronic health condition, you can speak to your pediatrician about extra precautions that you can take during the flu season. Examples of a chronic health condition include an immune system problem; heart, lung or kidney disease; diabetes; some blood diseases; and malignancy. If your child has any of these conditions and shows flu-like symptoms, call Pediatrics West right away.
Flu symptoms include a sudden fever (usually above 101 degrees Fahrenheit), chills and shakes, headache and body aches, sore throat, a dry cough, a runny nose, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.
How Does the Flu Spread and How to Prevent It
The flu season usually starts in the fall and ends in the spring. The flu virus spreads easily through the air when someone infected coughs or sneezes and the virus can be inhaled. It also can be passed through touching contaminated surfaces, such as toys or door knobs and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
In addition to the vaccine, your family also can take some additional steps to protect themselves, including:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Sanitize toys
- Teach kids to cover their mouth with their elbow when they cough
- Keep kids at home from school and daycare when they show flu symptoms
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