Flu Season 2016-2017
It’s time once again to think about flu vaccines! Vaccinating over 16,000 patients for flu each year is an enormous challenge for our staff as we strive to be flexible and convenient for our patients while continuing to provide care in our offices.
The CDC recommends that everyone receive the flu vaccine, not just high risk individuals.
What is different about this upcoming Flu vaccination season? The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that kids should NOT receive the FluMist vaccine this season. Research has shown it is less effective and children should receive the flu shot this season. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that we should use ONLY THE INJECTABLE versions of the 2016-2017 flu vaccine. We will be following their recommendations and only be giving flu shots this season for patients 6 months and older.
You can read more from the CDC if you click here
For General information about the flu click here
To read FAQ’s regarding the flu vaccine click here
Help Prevent the Flu
Everyday steps to prevent the spread of all flu viruses include:
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throwing the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- As much as possible, stay away from sick people, including anyone in your house.
- Keep surfaces like bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.
- Anyone infected with the flu should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to others.
If your child has the flu they should be kept home from school, day care or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Their fever should be gone without them having taken a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C.
If your child is 5 years or older and otherwise healthy and get flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, consult the doctor as needed and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids.
If your child is younger than 5, or of any age and has a medical condition like asthma, diabetes, or a neurological problem and develops flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, call the doctor or get medical attention. This is because younger children and children who have chronic medical conditions (like asthma or diabetes) may be at higher risk of serious complications from an influenza infection.
To print out a Flu Vaccine Questionnaire click here
To view the Vaccine Information Statement (injectable) click here
When To Call Our Office
Call or take your child to a doctor right away if your child of any age has:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish or gray skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma) and develops flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough