At this time we are scheduling shot appointments for children 6 months-35 months only. We are expecting a shipment of flu shots for children 3 years and older in mid-September. Please continue to check our website for future updates. Thank you.
It’s that time of year again. That beautiful green coating on your car. The sneezing, the runny nose, the coughing, the itchy everything. Spring allergy season has arrived in RVA. If you or your child is an allergy sufferer and hasn’t started taking medicine yet, now is the time to start. For additional information about seasonal allergies and tips on how to best control them, please visit our Seasonal Allergies page in the Resource Library.
What’s New with the Flu?
In addition to tree pollen March has brought us a notable increase in cases of influenza. In just the first week of March we had more confirmed cases of influenza than we had for all of December, January and February. This year’s vaccine is twice as effective as last year’s, and the vast majority of confirmed cases have been unvaccinated individuals. We do expect to be seeing cases of the flu for at least the next month, so it’s not too late to get your child a flu vaccine. We are out of Flumist, but still have flu shots for children 6 months of age and older. If you think your child has the flu, keep them comfortable and hydrated, and consider bringing them in for evaluation. Tamiflu is typically most helpful at shortening the length of symptoms and contagiousness if started in the first 48 hrs of symptoms.
What’s New with Zika Virus?
By now you have probably heard a lot about Zika virus, and possibly a lot of conflicting information. Zika virus is transmitted primarily by mosquito bites. The symptoms of Zika virus infection are typically mild and manageable. Approximately 80% of those infected show no symptoms at all. Those that do have symptoms have some combination of fever, pink eye, rash and joint pain. The greatest concern with Zika virus has been its association with microcephaly (small head and brain) in babies born to mom’s who were infected while pregnant. Research continues to determine how, and if they truly are linked. To read more about Zika virus and ways to minimize your risk of exposure, please visit our Zika virus page in the Resource Library.
Congratulations Dr. Shreve and Dr. Nelson for being voted Top Docs in Richmond Magazine’s annual survey of Richmond area physicians.
Thank you for your patience this flu vaccine season. We have opened appointments for the flu vaccine through the end of October, including some evenings. We have a very limited supply of Flumist as a result of an issue with the production of the vaccine. We may not receive our next shipment of Flumist until January. Because we start seeing cases of influenza in October and November, and because peak flu season starts in December, we do not advise waiting until January to have your child immunized. Additionally it can take up to 2 weeks for a person’s body to make antibodies to the flu vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the flu shot and Flumist are equally effective.
We have plenty of flu shots for patients ages 6 months and up, and will continue opening appointments as we are able. Stay tuned to our emails and this News and Press section of our website for further updates regarding flu vaccine availability.
If you would like to read the CDC Vaccine Information Sheets for both the flu shot and the nasal flu vaccine, please click here and scroll down to the “Flu Season Information” header.
We now have flu vaccine appointments available for October 5th – October 9th. We have a limited supply of the flu vaccine, including flu shots for ages 6 months and up and the nasal flu vaccine (Flu Mist) for ages 2 years and up. We will continue to open appointments one to two weeks at a time as our shipments arrive. We apologize for these delays and any inconvenience, but are making the vaccines available as soon as we possibly can. Please call to schedule an appointment for your child. As we have more information we will update our patients both by email and website updates.
If you would like to read the CDC Vaccine Information Sheets for either the flu shot or the nasal flu vaccine, please click here and scroll down to the ”Flu Season Information” header.
We now have flu vaccine appointments available for September 22-25. We currently have a limited supply of flu vaccine but we will be getting our full shipment over the next 2 months. We have both the flu shot and the nasal flu vaccine available. We will continue to open appointments one to two weeks at a time as our shipments arrive. Please call 804-282-4205 to schedule an appointment. Thank you.
It is time for flu vaccines again! Flu season is around the corner and it almost time to get your child’s annual flu vaccine. As we start getting shipments in, we will send out an email letting people know that they can call to schedule a shot appointment. You may also check here for updates in the future. As in the past several years, the Center for Disease Control recommends that all children get immunized against the flu. Because the flu strains change each year, it is necessary to get a flu vaccine every year to protect against the strains of the flu for the current year. Below are a few reminders about the flu vaccine.
The flu vaccine is approved for 6 months and older.
If it is your child’s first year getting the flu vaccine, he or she will need 2 doses of the flu vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.
If your child has only received one dose of flu vaccine in his or her life and is 8 years old or younger, he or she will need 2 doses of the flu vaccine 4 weeks apart as well.
The flu shot is approved for 6 months and older. The nasal flu vaccine (Flumist) is approved for ages 2 years to 49 years of age.
The Flumist is not recommended for children with uncontrolled asthma or other serious medical conditions. Those children should receive the flu shot.
For children with egg allergy, if the child’s reaction is hives, they may receive the flu shot but not the Flumist. These children also must remain in our office for 30 minutes to ensure they do not have a reaction to the vaccine. Any child who has an anaphylactic response to the flu vaccine (respiratory distress, wheezing, vomiting, shock) cannot receive the flu vaccine.
For those children under 6 months of age or those who cannot receive a flu vaccine due to a medical condition or an allergy, it is recommended that the families and caregivers of those children are vaccinated for the current season so as to best protect the child.