What’s New at Pediatric Associates…
Flu Season Is Coming
Pediatric Associates is now giving Flu vaccine for the 2015-2016 season. The American Academy of Pediatrics and The CDC recommend that all children ages 6 months to 18 years receive Flu vaccine each year.
We 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 all of our Flu vaccine will be quadrivalent and will contain 4 strains of influenza, rather than 3 strains as in previous years.
We now have a limited number of doses of the live intranasal Flu vaccine (FluMist) for healthy children (those without asthma or chronic medical conditions) ages 2 years to 18 years. All doses of Flumist will be quadrivalent.
We currently have Flu shots and Flumist for patients with private insurance. We also have a limited number of doses of Flu shots and Flumist for patients with AHCCCS insurance.
For more information about the Flu vaccine for 2015-2016, go to The CDC information site at www.cdc.gov/flu/
Flu Vaccine Appointments
We are now making flu shot only appointments. The appointment hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Appointments should be booked 2-3 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 be having a Flu shot clinic on Saturday, November 21st. Appointments can be made up to 1 week in advance.
It is the goal of our pediatric practice is to provide individualized care by responding to the particular needs of your child. With this approach, we feel we can make a difference in the future health and happiness of your child. Please tell your friends and neighbors about us. We serve the pediatric needs of the Phoenix metro area.