Flu vaccine information--where can my child obtain the flu vaccine?
 
 

VIRGINIA PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT CENTER

FIGHT THE FLU CAMPAIGN 2017-2018

We currently have Flu shots available for all ages (6 months and up).

We are not offering the intranasal flu vaccine this year, as it has been found to be less effective. 

 

Flu shot clinic hours (for flu vaccine only, separate from walk-in clinic):

  • Tuesday, Oct. 17
    • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Springfield
  • Saturday, Oct. 21
    • 9:00 am - 11:30 am in Springfield
  • Thursday, Oct. 26
    • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Fair Oaks

Springfield shot clinic hours (for all vaccines) are:

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

10:00 am -12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -4:30 pm.

 

Fair Oaks shot clinic hours (for all vaccines) are:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

10:00 am -12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -4:30 pm.

 

We are pleased to be offering flu shots to our patients and to their parents and caregivers this year. We are offering only QUADRIVALENT vaccine this season—it protects against 4 strains; other flu shots being offered in the community may only be trivalent (protecting against 3 strains). The 2017-18 vaccine we are administering protects against 4 viral influenza strains: A/Michigan (swine flu/H1N1), A/Hong Kong (H3N2), B/Phuket, and B/Brisbane. One of those four strains (Michigan) selected for the vaccine is different from last year based on recent/predicted flu strain activity; immunity lasts for about 12 months, so those vaccinated last year should receive vaccine again this season.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for ALL children and adolescents 6 months and older, their household contacts, and their caregivers. It is especially encouraged for children in daycare, for adolescents living in dormitories, and for travelers. It is a MUST for patients over 6 months of age with asthma, congenital heart disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, HIV infection, chronic kidney disease, Down syndrome, for those on chronic aspirin/steroid therapy and for those immunocompromised because of chemotherapy or an immunodeficiency. Those in contact with anyone in this group should also be vaccinated as should everyone in the household where there is a child aged 5 years and under.

It takes two to four weeks after vaccination for protection to develop, and protection lasts for 1 year. As with any vaccine, protection is not 100%. If a patient who has been vaccinated does get influenza, the illness should be a milder one.

Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot--Fluzone):
Because this inactivated influenza vaccine contains only noninfectious viruses, it CANNOT cause influenza. Respiratory disease after vaccination represents coincidental illness unrelated to influenza vaccine. The most frequent side effect is soreness at the injection site. A small percentage of patients report fever or muscle ache occurring 6-12 hours after vaccination. These effects usually last 24-48 hours. Most report no reactions.

This vaccine is contraindicated in patients with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or thimerosol or anyone who has a history of Guillian-Barre syndrome. Fluzone contains a small (25 micrograms) amount of mercury. It is used as a preservative in Fluzone, the brand of flu shot offered by our office. Upon request, and for the children under age 3, we have a preservative-free vaccine.

Most flu shots are manufactured using egg-based technology and may contain a small amount of egg proteins. However, studies have indicated that severe allergic reactions in people with egg allergies are unlikely. It is therefore recommended that persons with a known egg allergy receive the flu vaccine if it is otherwise appropriate for their age and health status.  

Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV) (Intranasal--Flumist):
This vaccine is no longer recommended; it was found to be less effective than the shot, so we are not stocking it again this year.




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