What’s New at Pediatric Associates…
Flu Season Is Coming
Pediatric Associates is now giving Flu vaccine for the 2016-2017 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 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 all of our Flu vaccine will be quadrivalent and will contain 4 strains of influenza.
The Flumist vaccine (live intranasal Flu vaccine) is not recommended for this season due to its lack of protection against this year’s Flu.
For more information about the Flu vaccine for 2016-2017, go to The CDC information site at: www.cdc.gov/flu
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.
Flu Vaccine Appointments
We are making flu shot only appointments starting on Tuesday, September 13th. The appointment hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. We will take about 80 patients a day. 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.
Saturday Flu Vaccine Appointments
We will have Saturday Flu shot clinics on October 15 and October 29. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment for one of these dates.
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.