|Flu vaccine information--where can my child obtain the flu vaccine?|
VIRGINIA PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT CENTER
FIGHT THE FLU CAMPAIGN 2016-2017
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.
Springfield shot clinic hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am-12 noon and 1-4:30 pm.
Fair Oaks shot clinic hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 am-12 noon and 1-4:30 pm.
The Fight the Flu Campaign has begun at Virginia Pediatric and Adolescent Center. We are pleased to be offering protection to our patients and to their parents and in-home 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 2016-17 influenza vaccine we are administering protects against 4 viral strains, A/California (swine flu/H1N1), A/Hong Kong (H3N2), B/Phuket, and B/Brisbane. One of those four strains (Hong Kong) 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 including caregivers where there is a child/children newborn to age 5.
After vaccination it takes two to four weeks for protection to develop, and protection lasts for 1 year. As with any vaccine, protection is not 100%. If a patient does get influenza, the illness should be a milder one in a patient who has been vaccinated.
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 significant ALLERGY to EGG (please discuss this further with your healthcare provider if there is a possible egg allergy) oranyone ALLERGIC to THIMEROSAL, 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.
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 this year.