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Flu Vaccine Update (3)

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.
Click on these links to read more general information about flu vaccines, and more specifically about the 2015-2016 flu vaccines.
Thanks again for your patience and for your willingness to protect your children through immunization.