To Do: Flu Vaccines for Everyone! (with convenient drive thru service)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 02:27PM
Dr. Brown in Flu, Influenza, To Do, flu vaccine

Now that we're settling in to the routine of school days and there is a little chill to the air, it's time to schedule your kids for their annual flu shot.  

For any parents out there with questions about the flu shot (yes, we whole-heartedly recommend it for all children ages 6 months and up), I encourage you to read through the information I provided in past blog posts (Frequently Asked Questions about Flu Vaccines Part 1 and Part 2).

If you're coming into the office for a checkup in the next few weeks you'll be able to get your child's flu vaccine then (flu mist for otherwise healthy kids over 2 years and flu shot for those under 2 years or with other medical conditions) And good news, we're scheduling lots of flu clinics in the evenings and even on weekends!

We know you are busy and flu vaccines is just another on a long list of "To Dos" for all our patients' families.  But we are always trying to find creative ways to deliver health care for our families that is top quality and super convienant.  One example is our annual No Flu Drive Thru clinics (when parents print off flu vaccine consent forms at home, then drive to clinic, and we come to the car to give flu mist to your child - while still strapped into their seat inside the car)!  It doesn't get much easier than that!! 

We will have our 1st No Flu Drive Thru on Sunday October 5th from 12:30-2:30pm in the upper parking lot at Medical Park.

Our 2nd No Flu Drive Thru will be on Sunday October 19th from 12:30-2:30pm in the Clemmons parking lot.

The last No Flu Drive Thru will be on November 9th from 12:30-2:30pm in the upper parking lot at Medical Park.

Remember, the No Flu Drive Thru's are for patients eligible to receive FluMist. We do not offer injectable Flu Shots at these events.

In addition ot the No Flu Drive Thru clinics, we will also offer after-hours flu clinics. These flu clinics are scheduled from 5-7pm on the following dates:

Maplewood- 10/22, 11/19, 12/3, and 12/17

Clemmons- 10/7 and 11/4.

These clinics are for either the FluMist or the Flu Shot. Please call the office to schedule an appointment or schedule online at www.shotshurtless.com.


We may add additional dates for flu clinics as we progress through the season, so please check your MyChart messages and our website frequently.

Please read the guidelines below closely to know which type of flu vaccine your child is eligible for. If you are unsure which flu vaccine your child should get, please call the office.

Any child 6 months and older can receive the flu shot.


Children 2-4 years old can get the flu mist if they are healthy and have never had a wheezing episode.
Children age 5 years and older with Asthma are eligible for flu mist if they meet the following criteria:

- kids who have had flu mist in the past without any problems;
- kids with exercise induced asthma who only use albuterol with activity;
- kids with asthma on stable doses of controller medications.

Any child with Asthma or wheezing should NOT get the flu mist if:

- have asthma AND has needed oral steroids for wheezing in the last 12 months;
- have asthma AND has needed to increase maintenance inhaler dose (Flovent, QVAR, Pulmicort) in the last 12 months;
- kids who don't officially have asthma but have needed oral steroids for wheezing in the past 12 months.

Consent forms for these vaccines are available on our website under the Forms page. Please bring a completed and signed consent form for each child with you to the clinic.
It is important that you read the Vaccine Information Sheets prior to Flu Clinic. These are also available on our website under the Forms page. 

 

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