Wednesday, August 22, 2012
2012-2013 Seasonal Flu Vaccines
Many offices, including our own, have received the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine for the coming season. The Centers for Disease Control has excellent information about the flu vaccine here. It is now routinely recommended that all children 6 months to 18 years of age receive the vaccine each year. We have both the nasal spray and the shot available. For children less than 24 months of age and those with a history of asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, and kidney disease, it is recommended to do the flu shot (not the spray). Children less than 9 years of age, if this is the first year they have received the vaccine, it is recommended to received two doses of the vaccine one month apart. We offer the flu vaccine at both well visits, sick visits (if not "too sick" -- we can discuss it), and walk-in flu vaccine clinics. The dates for our flu vaccine clinics are on our website here. It is not too soon to start receiving the vaccine now -- the CDC site has good information on that topic (when to receive the vaccine).