What's New at Pediatric Associates...
Flu Season Is Coming
Pediatric Associates will start giving Flu vaccine for the 2013-2014 season on Monday, 9/30/13. The AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics and The CDC recommend that all children ages 6 months to 18 years receive Flu vaccine each year.
We will have preservative free (Thimerasol free) vaccine available for all children 6 months to 3 years. Children over 3 years will receive multi-dose Flu vaccine unless parents specifically request the preservative free vaccine. Not all insurance companies will cover the cost of preservative free vaccine over 3 years. This year about 20% of the Flu vaccine will be quadrivalent and will contain 4 strains of influenza, rather than 3 strains as in previous years. All quadrivalent Flu shots will be preservative free.
We also have the live intranasal Flu vaccine available (FluMist) for healthy children (those without asthma or chronic medical conditions) ages 2 years to 18 years. All doses of Flumist will be quadrivalent.
For more information about the Flu vaccine for 2013-2014, go to The CDC information site at www.cdc.gov/flu/
Flu Vaccine Appointments
We will start making flu shot only appointments on Friday, September 27th. The appointment hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. We will take about 90 patients a day. Appointments can be booked up to 3 days in advance. It is important to arrive at your appointed time to keep wait times to a minimum.
Children 6 months through 9 years will need 2 doses if this is their first year receiving the Flu vaccine. The second dose must be at least 4 weeks after the first dose.
Saturday Flu Vaccine Appointments
We will have our first Saturday Flu shot clinic on October 26th. Call to reserve your spot.