Flu Clinic Schedule
Due to Covid-19, our 2020-2021 flu clinics will look different. Thank you for your patience and understanding this Flu Season, as we navigate all of the unforeseen challenges. Because to the high demand and vaccine shortages we highly recommend you get your flu vaccine as soon as possible.
Very Important! All Flu Vaccines are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! If anyone in your household has ill symptoms the day of your scheduled appointment, please DO NOT come into our office. Please call and reschedule for another time.
All patients and families will be screened for Covid-19 prior to their appointment. To ensure the health and safety of our patients and our staff, there will be NO Walk Ins allowed. Please use the button below for My Chart or contact our office to schedule your vaccine today.
What Parents Should Know & COVID Procedures
All of our patients are welcome to attend either location for their vaccine. Please watch our website/Facebook and My Chart for updates on Flu Clinic Dates and times. All flu Vaccines are by appointment only so please use My Chart or contact our office to schedule your visit. We will require you to adhere to your scheduled appointment time at every clinic. This will help us maintain social distancing and avoid any congestion in our waiting room. We also ask that everyone please wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose. We ask that you please adhere to the following:
- To maintain safe social distancing guidelines, please on-time for your appointment
- Please only have one parent/guardian with patients coming for flu vaccine
- Everyone 2 years of age and older, entering our building must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose
- If You, the Patient, or anyone in your household is SICK or have been around anyone that has been sick, please DO NOT come in our office. Call our office to reschedule your appointment.
- NO Walk ins will be allowed
- There will be no Sick/Well Child Visits conducted during our Oct 3, Nov 14, Dec 12 clinics
- Due to demand of flu vaccine, we will not be offering parent flu vaccines. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
We look forward to seeing you as we continue to keep your children and family’s health and wellbeing at heart.
How does the flu vaccine relate to COVID?
What is the difference between COVID and the flu?
They both cause similar symptoms and it will be difficult to tell the difference between the two viruses. Similar symptoms between the two viruses are – Fever/chills, Cough, Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, Extreme tiredness, Muscle or body aches, Headache, Stuffy, runny nose & Vomiting and diarrhea
Can my child get flu and COVID at the same time?
Yes, but the chances will be greatly reduced if your child has received their annual flu vaccine.
My child is wearing a mask all the time, can they still get the flu?
THANK YOU, for doing your best to wear a mask at all time when outside of your home this will reduce, but not eliminate, their risk of getting respiratory infections, including flu and COVID. The best way for your child to avoid both viruses is to:
- wear a mask
- social distance – be greater than 6 feet away from others
- get his/her annual flu shot
- wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds each & every time
Is there a vaccination for COVID?
Not at this time and will unlikely happen during this winter’s Flu season(October – May).
Where can I learn more about COVID?
Click here to visit our COVID Page.
Who Should Get the Vaccine
As a practice we always recommend an annual flu vaccine – why? Because influenza is a highly contagious, nasty virus, and kids die every year from the flu (80% OF WHOM DID NOT RECEIVE THEIR ANNUAL FLU VACCINE). 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.
With a flu vaccine, we help protect your child from this serious infection and we also protect your entire family against this potentially dangerous virus (kids are often the ones to transmit the virus to you and other family members). The annual influenza vaccine helps “prime” your child’s immune system so when confronted by the flu virus their immune systems are quicker to respond and stronger in their response
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 the Flu Spreads 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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