Flu Vaccine Appointments

9.25.2020

We now have appointments available for flu vaccine administration.

 

As you know, the flu can be uncomfortable – but also deadly. Influenza illness is no fun for anyone, but it can be especially dangerous for certain groups, such as infants and young children, people with asthma, diabetes or heart problems and certain other chronic health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that all children and adolescents be immunized against the flu.

This year is especially worrisome with COVID-19.  There is a very big concern in the medical community that there may be both the Flu and COVID-19 circulating at the same time.  This may very well present a problem in differentiating the two illnesses, and also in testing and treating these illnesses.  On a grander scale, a surge in one, or both, can easily strain the healthcare system.  Also, there is concern over co-infection (being infected with both COVID-19 and influenza), and if this could possibly make the course of illness more difficult to manage and treat.  

It is strongly recommended to get your flu vaccine in a timely manner.  The flu vaccine is available and you can receive it at your next office appointment.  Also, we have several flu clinic days this Fall and Winter.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions and screenings we will have less capacity in our clinics this season but we will continue to work hard to vaccinate all children.  Please call the office and schedule an appointment today, or put your name on the waiting list.

To ensure that all patients have access to the flu vaccine we have partnered with the Connecticut River Health Area District (CRAHD).  They are hosting several outdoor, mobile flu clincs this Fall for all patients 4 years old and up, but currently they have been filled to capacity.

CRAHD has now added additional appointments for flu vaccines at their office in Old Saybrook (for patients four years and older).  They will be on Wednesday evenings, 4pm-7pm starting October 7.  You will need to preregister by emailing them at flu@crahd.net.  Please also visit there website for more general information regarding the flu and Covid-19 at CRAHD.ORG

Also, patients 18 years and older can go to your local pharmacy to obtain a flu vaccine.  

CRAHD will have a small supply of the FluMist (nasal flu spray) available, but we do not have it in our office.

 

For more information please click here to refer to the CDC website

 

Be wise and immunize!


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