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Flu Vaccine Status

 

We now have plenty of flu vaccine available for all ages, which includes injectable vaccine for ages 6 months and older, and nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) for ages 2 years and older*.

The manufacturer did not ship our full orders until November which was much later than we anticipated. Orders for flu vaccine were placed in the spring and confirmed in July and normally would have shipped in August/September. This year we did not receive our full orders until November, due to shipping delays from the manufacturer.  We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may have caused.

*There are restrictions on who can receive the nasal spray vaccine, please see notes at the bottom of this page.

Recommendations
The American Academy of Pediatrics current guidelines emphasize the importance of getting a new flu vaccine every year for children ages 6 months and older. It is necessary to receive a new flu vaccine every year because a person's immunity drops by as much as 50 percent 6-12 months after vaccination. Getting the vaccine every year provides optimal protection against the flu.

For your convenience, vaccine-only appointments are available at our offices. If your child has not had a well checkup in over a year, your pediatrician may require an exam prior to giving vaccines.

Vaccines for Parents
We offer vaccines for flu and pertussis (whooping cough) to parents, family, and caregivers. Please talk to your child's health care professional to see whether these vaccines are right for you and other adult and adolescent members of your household.

VFC
If you are eligible for VFC flu vaccine, we have some stock at our offices. Please contact your pediatrician's office to confirm availability.

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*Who is not eligible to receive FluMist nasal spray vaccine:

  • Children 2 years through 4 years who have asthma or who have had a history of wheezing in the past 12 months.

  • Children younger than 2 years

  • Adults 50 years and older

  • People with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine or to a previous dose of any influenza vaccine

  • People who are allergic to eggs

  • Children or adolescents (2 years through 17 years of age) on long-term aspirin treatment.

  • Pregnant women

  • People with weakened immune systems (immunosuppression)

  • People who have taken influenza antiviral drugs within the previous 48 hours.

  • People who care for severely immunocompromised persons who require a protective environment (or otherwise avoid contact with those persons for 7 days after getting the nasal spray vaccine).