Flu Vaccine Information
It’s that time of year again….flu season.
While COVID-19 remains a concern this flu season, we are at risk of getting sick with both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Protecting your family with the flu vaccine has never been more important!
Toward the end of last flu season when COVID-19 was emerging, there were more hospitalizations and deaths from what doctors called "influenza-like illnesses." This flu season, we face the same potential threat. The American Academy of Pediatrics states “The best thing you can do to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated before influenza starts circulating in your community.”
Our providers at PANW support the flu vaccine as the primary method for protecting your family. It not only helps prevent the flu, but also helps reduce the severity of symptoms and possible complications if you do get sick. A question we commonly hear is “Can I Get the Flu From the Flu Shot?” Check out Dr. Rosenbloom’s blog that addresses this concern. If you have other questions about the vaccine or current flu season, your provider is happy to discuss those with you.
Our weekend "Drive-Flu clinics" are closed for the season. If your child has not received their flu vaccine yet, it's not too late! We have appointments available for patients in the office during the week. Call to schedule (online scheduling for flu vaccine not available).
At this time, we have run out of adult doses of the flu vaccine and are not scheduling adults. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Nervous About Getting A Vaccine?
We know it can be scary for some children to get vaccines. We understand and are here to make your family as comfortable as possible. We offer pain reducing techniques like the Buzzy Bee and Shot Blocker.
The Buzzy Bee is a small vibrating device with an ice pack attached that we hold on a patient’s arm or thigh while we give the vaccine. The Shot Blocker is a flexible plastic piece with small bumps on one side. This is gently pressed onto the arm or thigh while the vaccine is given. Both of these techniques distract and “trick” our nervous system into focusing on the light vibration or light touch instead of the needle.
Singing a favorite song, reading a book, listening to music, and deep breathing are also recommended if your child is feeling nervous.
For more information about the flu and the vaccine, see the resources below: