Influenza (Flu) Vaccinations
Town & Country Pediatrics strongly recommends that you protect your child by giving them a flu (influenza) vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) now recommends that everyone over the age of six months receive the flu vaccine. Children will be adequately covered for the entire season, even if they receive the vaccine in the late summer.
Your child will not contract the flu from a flu vaccine. Mild side effects of the vaccine may include runny nose, headache, vomiting, muscle aches and fever.
Due to new AAP guidelines, we will not be offering the FluMist nasal spray during the 2016-2017 flu season.
Children with Egg Allergies
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, will 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.
First Flu Vaccine
If your child has never received a flu vaccination, and is between six months and eight years old, they will need two doses of the vaccine, to be scheduled at least twenty-eight days apart. If your child is less than nine years old, and has had only one prior flu vaccine in their lifetime, they may also need a second dose of the flu this season.
Check-up or Sick Visit Vaccination
Any Town & Country patient with a check-up appointment may receive their flu vaccination at the time of their check-up. Children who have sick appointments may also be eligible. If one of your children has a scheduled visit, all of your children may be eligible during this visit.
Walk-in Flu Clinics
To provide the best, most convenient service to our Town & Country patients and families, our practice will schedule walk-in flu vaccination clinics at our Halsted and Glenview locations. Administering the vaccine in targeted time periods with dedicated providers and staff makes it more efficient and less time-consuming for your busy family.
Scheduled walk-in flu clinics will appear on our homepage. For reminders and up-to-date information on the opening of new clinics at Town & Country Pediatrics, please sign up for our seasonal flu email by clicking here.
Flu Consent Form
Before bringing your child or children to their flu vaccine appointment, please print and fill out a Flu Consent Form. Having the form ready at the appointment will save you time!