Flu Clinic 2017

December Calendar 

Flu Season Headline

 

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.

Non-patients: 

  • If you have insurance eligible benefits (PPO plans only) we will submit a claim on your behalf to your insurance company.
    • The PPO identifier MUST be on your insurance card.
    • Patient responsibility (if any) will be charged to the credit card on file after your claim has processed. No statement will be generated and a credit card must be put on file to cover any potential patient responsibility.
    • Non-patients that do not present their insurance card will be considered self-pay at the rate of $50.00
  • Non-patients with non- PPO plans (ex: HMO, POS, Open Access, etc.) will be considered self-pay at the rate of $50.00.
    • Please note these policies will not reimburse Potomac Pediatrics so no exceptions will be made

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:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling at the site of injection
  • Low grade fever
  • Aches

What about people that get vaccinated and still get the Flu?

  • Exposure to the flu vaccine may have occurred prior to vaccination or during the two-week inoculation period.
  • Viruses that have similar symptoms to flu are circulating throughout the community and are often mistaken for flu.
  • Flu vaccines do not cover every strain of Influenza. The vaccines covers four strains of Influenza (Two Type A Strains, and Two Type B Strains). Researchers and scientists include the strains that they predict will most likely occur within the community. It is still a virus and new strains can emerge prior to the start of or during Flu season that are not included in the vaccine.

Seasonal updated information on Influenza virus, vaccines, and treatment can be found at the CDC website.