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General Flu Information

Flu season usually starts in November and ends in May, peaking in January or February.


Proper hygiene (hand washing or sanitizing) is one of the most effective ways in preventing spread of the virus.


If your child has flu like symptoms (e.g. high fever of sudden onset, aches, nausea, cough), call our offices for an appointment.  Please do not send him or her to school, in order to avoid further spread of the illness.


Over 200,000 people are hospitalized each year due to influenza infection and over 35,000 people die each year due to influenza.


Young children are particularly susceptible to developing complications from the influenza virus –especially respiratory problems.

Flu Vaccines

A new vaccine is created each year, because the flu virus strains which spread around the world change each year. Scientists try to match the vaccine to the strains which are predicted to be the most prevalent during the flu season.


This year’s vaccine does include protection for the H1N1 strain.


ALL children 6 months through 59 months of age who attend day care or preschool require the seasonal flu vaccine annually.


Flu vaccine is highly recommended for all children under the age of 18, especially those with a chronic medical condition (i.e. asthma, diabetes).


Children younger than 9 years old AND receiving the flu vaccine for the first time need 2 doses of the vaccine 4 weeks apart to receive maximal protection.


2 doses of flu vaccine (4 weeks apart) are also recommended this year for children who did not receive an H1N1 flu vaccine of any kind or quantity previously AND who are less than 9 years old.


You will NOT get the flu by receiving the flu vaccine!


If your child has an allergy to eggs, you must consult with an allergist first to determine whether your child can receive the vaccine.


Your child is able to receive the flu vaccine even if he or she has a minor illness at the time of your office visit.


Seasonal flu vaccines are available as either an injection or as a nasal aspirate (FLUMIST).



One spray into each nostril


A live, weakened vaccine –can be given with or separated by one month from the MMR or Varivax vaccines


For children 2 years and older


Not indicated for children with chronic disease (i.e. asthma, diabetes, heart or kidney diseases) or children who are taking aspirin.


Most common side effect: runny or stuffy nose

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Can be given with any other vaccine.


For children 6 months and older.


Most common side effect:  soreness or redness at the injection site.