As you may or may not know, the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine are combined this year. This will make getting flu shots so much easier! It also makes things a little bit complicated because some children may require 2 flu vaccines this year.
If your child is under 9 years of age and has never received ANY flu vaccine before, they will need 2 doses of flu vaccine, at least 30 days apart.
If your child is under 9 years of age and received one dose of H1N1 last season, and HAS received 2 doses of flu vaccine in the past, they will only require one dose this season.
If your child is under 9 years of age and did not receive any of the H1N1 vaccine last season, they will need to get 2 doses of flu vaccine, at least 30 days apart.
If your child is over 9 years of age, they will only need one dose of flu vaccine.
Hopefully, this will help clear up any confusion! For a details diagram of these recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.
Just a reminder, we are doing flu shots by appointments only this year. The appointments are filling up fast, so call in today to schedule! We have a very limited supply of flu shots for children over 3 years of age, but have plenty of FluMist to go around! Because the appointments have filled up so quickly, we have added some Thursday evening appointments, as well as a couple of Saturday morning appointments so we can accomodate everyone as much as we can. Please check with your insurance company to find out your flu vaccine coverage. If you are not sure of your coverage when you come in for your appointment, you will be asked to pay your regular copay.
**Flu vaccine recommendations provided by the AAP and the CDC