The following is the schedule of clinics that have been set up for this flu season
Influenza (flu) is a viral illness that causes a significant fever, chills, cough, and muscle aches. It can last as long as a week. More serious complications are possible. It appears every winter, some years worse than others.
The flu vaccine can prevent influenza, or at least lesson it's severity. It contains strains of influenza which are most likely to occur this winter. It does not prevent against all types of flu or other illnesses that resemble flu.
This year we will have two types of vaccines:
There is a thimerosal-free shot for children 6 months to 3 years of age.
There is the 3 and over shot.
It is recommended that all persons over 6 months of age should receive a flu vaccine. Those under age 9 years who have not received at least 2 flu vaccines in the past need 2 vaccines, 4 weeks apart. Everyone else just needs one.
There are two ways your child can receive a vaccine. First, it can be given during a regularly scheduled office visit, but not as a "vaccine only" visit. If sibs are present, we will also give them theirs, as long as you inform us ahead of time. Second, it can be given at one of our flu clinics. See schedule above.
For all flu clinics, patients must have an appointment. We will not accept walk-ins. Also, we will not perform any other services during these clinics. Since some children need two vaccines, please schedule accordingly and take into consideration any prescheduled office visits. Despite large numbers, our clinics run smoothly with minimal waiting. Please come at your appointed times. Since it is crowded, please keep your children under control at all times.
Parents may receive a flu vaccine at our clinics (but not in the office during regular hours). These must be paid at the time of service. The cost is $35.
We submit our patients' charges to their insurance, and only bill for any copay or coinsurance that may be required.