Influenza (Flu) Vaccinations

Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2017-2018 Influenza Season

Should my child get a flu vaccine?

Lurie Children's Primary Care – Town & Country Pediatrics strongly recommends annual flu vaccination for your children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. Children will be adequately covered for the entire season, even if they receive the vaccine in the late summer.

How do I schedule a flu appointment for my child(ren)?

Our walk-in flu clinics have concluded for the season, but we are now scheduling flu appointments throughout the day at all locations. Please call your home office and follow the prompts to schedule a sick appointment (option 2 then 1) and one of our registrars will assist you.

If your child is already scheduled for an appointment, he or she (as well as qualified siblings) will be able to receive the flu vaccine at that appointment.

Will the FluMist nasal spray be available this flu season?

No. Current CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines reiterated that the live attenuated influenza vaccine (i.e. FluMist nasal spray) should not be given for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Can the flu vaccine cause my child to contract the flu?

No. Your child will not contract the flu from an inactivated flu shot. Mild side effects of the vaccine may include runny nose, headache, vomiting, muscle aches, and fever.

Can my child get a flu vaccine if he or she is allergic to eggs?

Children with a mild allergy to eggs or who have never eaten eggs before, as well as children who have never received a flu vaccine in their lifetime, may be asked to wait in our office for twenty minutes after being vaccinated so that we can monitor for an allergic reaction.

Children with a severe allergy to eggs may be referred to an allergist to receive their flu vaccine. The final decision on whether your child's vaccine should be administered in our office or with an allergist will be made by the provider.

How many doses of the flu vaccine will my child need?

Most children only need 1 dose of the flu vaccine each year. The following children will require 2 doses, administered at least 4 weeks apart, for the 2017-18 season:

• Children aged 6 months through 8 years who have never been vaccinated against influenza or for whom vaccination history is unknown
• Children aged 6 months through 8 years who have not received at least 2 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine in their lifetime

What kind of flu vaccine does Town & Country use?

Town & Country will provide quadrivalent (4 strains) inactivated flu vaccines. All of our doses are pre-filled single dose syringes.

Where can I find more information on flu and the flu vaccine?

Visit the CDC's Influenza page for more information on the flu virus and flu vaccination.