Only injectable Influenza vaccines are available for the 2017-2018 season. Flu Mist is not being distributed by manufacturers.
This is a walk-in clinic only! We will strive to get your family vaccinated as quickly as possible when you walk-in. We ask that you please keep in mind that on peak days and times (Saturdays, MCPS closures, after-school) may result in slightly longer wait times.
Patients: No copays are due when receiving the flu vaccine. We will bill your child’s flu shot to their active insurance company. If your child does not have active insurance, payment will be due at the time of service. If there is any patient responsibility due after your claim has processed, your credit card on file will be charged according to our financial policy.
What if my child has asthma?
We prefer that Asthmatic children are seen in our office or by their Asthma/Allergy specialist prior to receiving the vaccine. However, you may still bring your child into flu clinic for their flu shot. This is a walk-in clinic and your child won’t be seen by a provider or receive medication refills at this time. If you’d like a one stop visit contact our office to schedule an appointment with a provider for an asthma action plan and flu shot.
When should we get vaccinated?
Did you know that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against Influenza virus infection? It’s best to be vaccinated before Influenza begins spreading throughout the community. Infants (6-35 months of age) who are receiving their first flu vaccine as well as children who are 8 years old and younger and have never received an Influenza vaccine will need to receive two doses of Flu. These two doses will need to be administered at least one month apart. If your child falls into one of these categories that means it may take 4-weeks before they are fully vaccinated. So why wait? Waiting does not give you increased immunity or increase the likelihood that you will be protected if there is a delayed flu outbreak.
One of the most common excuses we hear is that getting the flu shot gives can give you the flu. This is a myth. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. What you are experiencing is common side effects that will quickly pass in 1-2 days.
These side effects can include:
What about people that get vaccinated and still get the Flu?
Seasonal updated information on Influenza virus, vaccines, and treatment can be found at the CDC website.