Flu Immunization Clinic Schedule and General Influenza InformationThis website will have the most up to date information for our practice.
The doctors at Complete Care for Kids and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that all children over 6 months of age receive the seasonal flu vaccine. The vaccine for the 2013 -2014 season contains four vaccine virus strains: two A strains (including H1N1) and two B strains. Children 6 months through 8 years of age need only one dose of flu vaccine in 2013-14 if they received a total of 2 or more doses of seasonal vaccine since July 1,2010. Children in this age range who did not receive a total of 2 or more doses of seasonal vaccine since July 1, 2010 require 2 doses spaced at least 4 weeks apart in 2013-14.
If your child has ever had a severe reaction to eggs or egg products or a severe reaction after receiving the flu vaccine, then s/he should not receive the vaccine. In some cases you may be referred to an allergist to receive a lower dose of the vaccine.
Both Flumist and inactivated flu vaccine are currently available in our office. Healthy children aged 2 and over may receive Flumist which is a live attenuated virus administered through nasal drops. Pregnant women and children with asthma, chronic pulmonary, heart, kidney, liver, neurological, muscular, hematologic or metabolic disease or who have immune suppression from either disease or medications should receive the inactivated flu vaccine. The inactivated vaccine is given by injection.
We will be holding Influenza Vaccine Clinics on the following Saturday mornings:
October 12 and 26
You must call ahead to schedule an appointment if you plan to attend one of the clinics. We will also be giving flu vaccine by appointment during the week. Please call to schedule an appointment for your child to receive flu vaccine as soon as possible. Seasonal influenza can occur as early as October.
For the most up to date information on influenza go to either of the following websites:
www.flu.maryland.gov or www.cdc.gov/flu