FLU VACCINE 2013-2014

 

We have recently received our first shipment of flu vaccine for the 2013-2014 season.

Flu vaccine will be offered when you bring your child in for routine care.  We will also be administering the flu vaccine by appointment only Tuesday through Friday throughout the flu season. Please call early in the day to schedule a same day nurse visit.   Please call the nurse’s line 781 356 6200 option 3 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. This includes all children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday. Vaccination is especially important for children younger than 5 years of age and children of any age with a long-term health condition like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. These children are at higher risk of serious flu complications, if they get the flu.

Click the link below for additional information about the flu vaccine:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm#expected

We have flu vaccine available in both the injectable and intranasal form (Flumist). Flumist is approved for children age 2 and above, although not for those with certain health issues (allergic to eggs, gentamicin, gelatin, or arginine, are currently wheezing; have a history of wheezing, have had Guillain-Barré syndrome; have a weakened immune system or live with someone who has a severely weakened immune system; have problems with heart, kidneys or lungs; have diabetes).  Please be advised that occasionally throughout the season we may be may be temporarily out of some formulations of the vaccines.  These supplies are replenished as we receive additional shipments from the state.

Please speak to our nursing staff if you have any questions about the flu vaccine.