Four Seasons Pediatrics

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Flu Vaccines

Last updated 9/13/18:

AT THIS TIME WE HAVE FLU VACCINES FOR ALL AGES AND ALL INSURANCES

We have:

  • Flu shot for children 6-35 months (Commercial Insurance Plans)
  • Flu shot for children 6-35 months (Child Health Plus or Managed Medicaid also known as VFC)
  • Flu shot for children 3 yrs and older (Commercial Insurance Plans)
  • Flu shot for children 3 yrs and older  (Child Health Plus or Managed Medicaid also known as VFC)

Please note that it will save time in the office if you print out and answer the Flu Screening Form – Click Below

We do NOT have Flumist (nasal spray flu) at this time but will have a limited supply this year.  Please note that the Flumist had enjoyed years of better flu coverage during years of mismatched strains (when the strain that was in the vaccine was not matched to what was going around).  We stopped carrying the Flumist due to reduced protection from the H1N1 strain.  Medimmune is the manufacturer and has submitted studies showing that they have fixed the issue related to reduced protection for H1N1.  As a result the CDC has issued recommendations that either vaccine is acceptable.  The AAP prefers to see how the vaccine works first and has recommended that the shot is preferred.  In our opinion – we will prefer the shot, but also agree that getting either vaccine offers more protection for severe influenza, than getting no vaccine.    We will send another notification when the Flumist arrives

Call us for SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS.

Same day flu vaccine visits will be offered; as in previous years. We will update here if we do not have vaccine OR adequate staffing to give flu vaccine.  We also encourage you to sign up for our newsletter (see the Newsletter area of our website or click here).  Please remember that if your child is receiving their first flu vaccine, (or only had one vaccine previously) and he/she is under 9 years; you will require 2 doses for best protection (minimum 28 days between doses).   If we post flu vaccine availability, please call starting at 8:00 am to make a same day visit. For those patients who have physicals scheduled, we will offer Flu Shots during your appointment – please fill out the screening questionnaire. In most cases, there is not a copay BUT there may be a copay related to nursing/administration services (depends on your insurance).

*Refers to VFC or Vaccine for Children program for patients with Medicaid, Child Health Plus or with no insurance (e.g. Fidelis, CDPHP Medicaid, CDPHP Child Health Plus, MVP Medicaid).

Links to Vaccine Information Statements for Influenza Vaccines:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which vaccine is preferred for my child with Asthma?

The flu shot is the preferred vaccine according to the ACIP (from the CDC).  Although the Flu Mist appears to offer better protection for children with asthma, there is ongoing monitoring for how the Flu Mist may trigger asthma (similar to a cold or virus).  Upon review of these recommendations, we are generally only recommending the Flu Mist for children with mild asthma, who have not had a significant exacerbation (episode) in the last 12 months.  Children with asthma have been studied.  These studies show that the Flu Mist is more effective in preventing influenza that the flu shot.

Why can’t I pre-book Flu Vaccine Appointments?

Our office staff have been following a policy we developed many years ago. This policy was developed due to challenges in vaccine supply, demand, variations in delivery, and staffing issues. For many years we scheduled appointments in advance, only to cancel and reschedule appointments. Some patients had appointments rescheduled 2-3 times as supply ran out. There were also times when the entire flu schedule was cancelled as the extra nurse scheduled called in sick. These issues led to our current policy. This policy ensures that we have vaccine on the day you schedule and the staff to administer it. While we recognize that parents have their own challenges in coming in on a same day basis, we feel this is the fairest approach to these issues. Thank you for your understanding. Please note that we DO NOT allow walk in appointments for flu vaccine.

What can I anticipate for the supply of Seasonal Flu Vaccine?

While every year brings challenges, it appears that this years supply will meet our patients needs. While there may be issues outside of our control, we will do our very best to obtain vaccine that meets our patients needs.

Do I need the vaccine this year, if I had last years flu vaccine?

Last years vaccine will not provide protection for this years influenza illness.   Therefore, we do recommend a dose of this years vaccine as well

What about the number of vaccinations?

Young children < 9 years will require 2 doses of the vaccine if this is your first year for the vaccine, OR if you have had no doses of the vaccine before 2009.  The interval between doses is 28 days.

 

(commercial AND VFC*)

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