2013 - 2014 Flu Vaccine Information
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, all children 6 months and older should receive the seasonal flu vaccine. There are special groups who are at higher risk for flu complications including: children aged 6 months to 5 years, children and adolescents with chronic lung (including asthma), heart, kidney, neurologic or blood diseases. People with diabetes, who are immunocompromised,or receiving chronic aspirin therapy are also at high risk. Children younger than 6 months cannot receive the flu vaccine. Therefore, it is very important to vaccinate all household contacts (children and adults) and close contacts (child care providers) of infants less than 6 months old.
There are currently two types of flu vaccine: 1) An injectable vaccine (shot) and 2) a nasal spray vaccine. The live virus nasal spray vaccine is available to people older than 24 months, but is not given to those with a history of wheezing/asthma within the past year or to those with immune system compromise. Since flu vaccine is manufactured seasonally, we are unable to obtain more when we exhaust our current supply so early scheduling is advisable.
Piedmont Pediatrics has started to schedule fall flu shot clinics on Saturday afternoon, beginning Saturday September 21, 2013. As the season progresses we will be adding some clinics during the week to provide additional convenience. Flu shots are also offered during scheduled well exams. This year our pediatric patients will be receiving the quadrivalent vaccine which offers an additional layer of protection. We only order preservative free vaccine for our children and this year we will be offering the vaccine on a self-pay basis to parents as well.
If you have any questions regarding the flu vaccine please clink on this link for additional information.