Flu Clinic

Does one of your children have an upcoming appointment? If so, siblings and parents may get vaccinated during their appointment time. If you’d like to add-on a family member, please email us at question@potomacpediatrics.com.

January 2020: We are no longer holding walk-in Flu Clinics this season. Please contact our office to schedule a flu vaccine appointment. We highly recommend that all patients and household members get vaccinated. If your child has not yet had the vaccine but has already been diagnosed with the flu, it is still our recommendation that they get vaccinated to best prevent them from contracting the virus again this season.

Current Inventory: Injectable Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine

FluMist is out of stock! Due to manufacturing constraints, the supply of FluMist was limited nationwide for the 2019/20 season and we will not be getting more doses.

Flu Season Headline

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) wait times will be slightly longer than usual.

Flu shots will be offered to all patients during scheduled appointments. Siblings and parents will also have an opportunity to get vaccinated at this appointment. When checking in please notify your greeter that you would like to get a flu shot as this will help speed up the vaccination process for your family.

This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the inactivated Influenza vaccine (flu shot) as the first choice for all children. Here at Potomac Pediatrics we follow AAP guidelines and want to ensure the best protection for your child(ren) so it is our recommendation that all patients receive the flu shot. However, we have limited doses of FluMist available if you prefer this vaccine.

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.


  • 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. Click here for an example.
    • Patient responsibility (if any) will be charged to the credit card on file after your claim is 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 who do not have a current Asthma Action Plan or are in need of prescription refills are seen in our office or by their Asthma/Allergy specialist prior to receiving the vaccine. However, you may still bring your child into the 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 protects 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 vaccine. 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 the flu.
  • Flu vaccines do not cover every strain of Influenza. The vaccines cover 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 is not included in the vaccine.

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