Kids of any age can get seriously sick from the flu – and they can spread it to friends, family, and others.
Protect your family and yourself
- Make sure your entire family gets the flu vaccination every year
- Clean your hands
- Cover your cough and sneeze
- Take the day off if you’re sick
Everyone age 6 months and older should be vaccinated against the flu each year. Ask your doctor about getting a flu vaccination, and have those you care about get theirs too.
Your child's flu shot
- Your child should be healthy
- Your child will only receive the flu shot; no other vaccines can be given at this time
- Your child will receive the flu shot unless FluMist is available and requested by a parent/guardian
- Your child will be seen by a nurse, not a provider
Flu shot availability is seasonal, generally starting mid- to late-September. If you do not see appointments, please check back soon.
What is Influenza “flu”?
- Influenza (or “flu”) is a respiratory illness with high fever, cough, headaches, body aches, chills, and congestion
- It lasts five to seven days and is very contagious
- The flu is a very serious illness. Young infants, children with other illnesses, pregnant women and the elderly are at high risk for severe influenza. It can be fatal, even to healthy children.
Influenza is NOT a stomach illness
- Stomach illness with vomiting and diarrhea is commonly called the “stomach flu” – but this is not the same as influenza
Influenza vaccines are safe and effective
- The vaccine has been studied extensively, is safe and is recommended for almost everyone over 6 months of age
- The vaccine won’t give you the flu
- The coverage will help protect you the entire season, so get the vaccine as soon as it’s available
- It is also strongly recommended to get the vaccine if you are pregnant to protect yourself and your baby
It’s important to get the flu vaccine every year
- Each season’s flu strains are different from the previous seasons’ strains. Illness or immunization from last season will not offer protection for the upcoming season.
- It’s important to schedule your flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine is available in your area so that you are protected before the flu season begins
Is FluMist® available this year?
Children's looked at recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and recommends the flu shot this year. Our primary care clinics will offer FluMist, but there is limited availability. Some children should not get the FluMist because of age, certain health conditions, or other reasons and should get a flu shot instead. Your health care provider can help you decide what's most appropriate for your child.