Flu Shot & FluMist Coming Soon

We have a limited amount of Flu Shots and FluMist available that we are giving to patients who are already coming in for visits. Once we get more flu vaccine we will begin scheduling nurse visits so that patients can come in just to get the vaccine. We will update this page as soon as we have more vaccine available.

See the guide below to determine if Flu Shot or FluMist is best for your child.

Flu Shot

  • Injection with inactivated (killed) virus
  • Age: 6 months and up
    • Children 6 months through 8 years need 2 doses the first year they are vaccinated for the flu
  • Side effects:  Soreness, redness, and swelling where shot is given, fever, muscle aches, and headache can happen after influenza vaccine. There may be a very small increased risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) after inactivated influenza vaccine (the flu shot).

Contraindications:

  • Sick today
  • History of egg allergy or allergy to a component of the vaccine. (If only reaction to eggs is hives then ok to receive the shot)
  • Serious reaction to the vaccine in the past
  • Has had Guillain-Barré Syndrome

 

 

 

 

If the person to be vaccinated has any of the Contraindications listed please notify the staff immediately. That person should not receive the Flu Vaccine unless authorized by a physician. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FluMist

  • Nasal Spray with live weakened virus
  • Age: non-pregnant persons age 2 through 49 years of age
    • Children 6 months through 8 years need 2 doses the first year they are vaccinated for the flu
  • Side Effects: Runny nose or nasal congestion, wheezing and headache can happen. Vomiting, muscle aches, fever, sore throat and cough are other possible side effects.

Contraindications same as Flu Shot plus:

  • Younger than 2 or older than 49 years old
  • Long-term health problems with heart disease, lung disease (including asthma), kidney disease, neurologic disease, liver disease, metabolic disease (e.g., diabetes), or have a cochlear implant or spinal fluid leak, or no spleen.
  • Child age 2 through 4 years who in the past 12 months has been told by a doctor that the child had wheezing or asthma
  • Has Cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, or any other immune system problem; or, in the past 3 months, has taken medications that affect the immune system (e.g., steroids, drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, or anticancer drugs) or has had radiation treatments
  • Taking Influenza antiviral medications
  • A child or teen taking aspirin or salicylate-containing medicine
  • Pregnant or could become pregnant within the next month
  • Live with or expect to have close contact with a person whose immune system is severely compromised and who must be in protective isolation (e.g., an isolation room of a bone marrow transplant unit)
  • Received live virus vaccine like MMR or Varicella in the past 4 weeks