Who is eligible for a flu vaccine?
Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with rare exception.
What kind of vaccines are available at Parkside Pediatrics?
We have flu shots (injections) for children over 6 months of age. All vaccines are single dose, preservative (thimerisol) free, and quadrivalent (protecting against 4 strains of the flu virus).
When should I get my flu vaccine?
It is best to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination is recommended throughout the flu season, even in January or later. While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, during most flu seasons influenza activity peaks in January or February.
I’ve heard that some kids need 2 flu vaccines in a single season. Is that true?
Yes, children 6 months through 8 years of age who have never been vaccinated against the flu require 2 doses separated by 4 weeks.
Are flu vaccines safe?
Yes, over the years millions of Americans have received the flu shot without difficulty. The potential side effects of the flu vaccine include fatigue, muscle aches, headache, and fever. The intradermal vaccine has the same side effects as well as an increased chance of a localized reaction (including swelling, redness, itching, and firmness at the injection site) since it is injected into the skin instead of the muscle.
Will I get the flu from the vaccine?
No. You cannot get the flu from receiving a flu vaccine.
What if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, which vaccine should I get?
Pregnant women should get a flu shot. The shot is safe in breastfeeding.
Who should NOT get the flu shot?
- Children younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu shot.
- People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include egg, gelatin, or antibiotics.
I’m allergic to eggs, can I receive a flu vaccine?
Since flu vaccines have trace amounts of egg, patients with anaphylactic egg allergy need to have special precautions when getting vaccinated. Please discuss with your Parkside provider.
My child has a Well Child Check scheduled soon, can they get a flu vaccine during that Well Child Check?
Yes. We will be giving flu vaccines to patients during their regularly scheduled well child checks.
One of my children has a visit today and is receiving the flu vaccine, is it possible to have my other child vaccinated today as well?
Yes. We want it to be convenient for you! We are happy to add your other kids to the schedule and get them vaccinated for the flu at the same visit.
Will Parkside give flu vaccines to parents?
Definitely! Additionally, we will even file the vaccination with your insurance company as the vast majority of insurance companies fully cover the cost of a flu vaccination.
What if my child is uninsured or our insurance does not pay for flu vaccination?
- For children, we are able to use the Vaccine For Children (VFC) vaccine supply that is paid for by the state of SC. A nominal cost for administration of the vaccine will become patient’s financial responsibility.
- For parents, we are able to offer vaccination at a cash price of $30.
I have not been able to find the answer to my question about the flu vaccine, where can I go to read more?