Flu Vaccine is here!
We received our first shipment of flu shots and flu nasal spray vaccine (Flumist) for the 2021-22 season so here are the top 10 things you need to know:
- Prior to your appointment, please print/fill out/bring this consent form for each person receiving a flu vaccine. It is also available on the landing page of 411 Pediatrics.
- Payment and charges: Please make sure our office has updated insurance information and a credit card on file prior to your flu vaccine appointment. There is no out-of-pocket cost for our patients. For parents, we do not bill insurance so the cost is $35 for flu shots and $40 for flu nasal spray.
- If your child is sick (fever of 100.4 F or above), waiting on COVID19 test results, or quarantining for COVID19 exposure, please cancel and reschedule the flu vaccine appointment.
- Saturday flu vaccine clinics: We will offer flu vaccine by appointment only (for our patients AND their parents) on Saturday Sept 25 and Oct 9 from 9 am—1pm. There will be more dates to come, so check our website at com throughout the fall.
- Flu vaccine with well checks: We will offer flu vaccine at scheduled well check appointments during regular office hours.
- Flu vaccine with ‘sick’ visits: We will offer flu vaccine to patients who have appointments for non-infectious sick visits (eczema, ADD medication checks, etc).
- We will NOT offer flu vaccine-only nurse visits during regular weekday office hours this year. Unfortunately, the nursing staff is plenty busy doing COVID19 testing and is ramping up to offer COVID19 vaccine once more of our patients are eligible for it. (Yes, there will be yet another friendly email from us when that happens!)
- Flu vaccine for tag-a-long siblings: If you are bringing one child in for a well check and want a sibling to come along and get a flu vaccine that day, please notify the office ahead of time and print/fill out the flu consent form to bring to the visit.
- Flu vaccine eligibility details:
—Children ages 6 months and up are eligible to receive flu shot.
—Children under 9 years of age receiving flu vaccine for the first time need 2 doses, given at least 4 weeks apart for optimal protection.
—Healthy people, non-pregnant people ages 2 years—49 years old can receive Flumist nasal spray. Children with a history of asthma or wheezing in the past 12 months are not eligible for Flumist.
- Get your flu shot now. Flu vaccine protects against the 4 most likely circulating flu strains this year (two A strains—H1N1 and H3N2 and two B strains). Flu vaccine protection lasts through the typical flu season from October to April, so it is appropriate to get flu vaccine as soon as possible. And yes, Flu vaccine can be given at the same time as COVID19 vaccine, although our office is not currently able to offer both.