24/7 Pediatric Care Centers offer flu immunizations at two locations: Jacksonville Beach (904) 249-3373 and Jacksonville (904) 519-6555.
It’s that time of year – flu season! The suppliers of the vaccines are shipping it to us in small quantities as it’s available so we’re asking that you call the office to schedule an appointment. We’ll resume walk-in flu shots when our supply becomes more abundant.
“Our top priority at 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers is the health of your children, and that’s why we strongly recommend they receive the vaccine at the beginning of each flu season,” said Dr. Norberto Benitez. “Each year an estimated 20,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu complications. Getting the flu vaccine helps avoid that.”
There’s a lot to know about flu and your children. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions by phone or in person. In the meantime, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Are flu shots really necessary each year?
Yes. Flu can have serious complications – like pneumonia, dehydration and worse – particularly in kids ages 6 months to 5 years. Flu is especially dangerous for children with asthma and other chronic diseases. Even in well children, flu can be more severe than the common cold, causing days of misery.
When should my child come in for flu prevention?
Because flu season runs from October to May, the earlier in the flu season the better.
Who should receive the flu shots?
Kids under 6 months cannot be vaccinated for influenza. All family members over the age of six months should receive the vaccine each year to protect themselves and other family members. Healthy caregivers promote healthy children.
What types of flu vaccine are available?
Flu vaccine is available in both injection (shots) and in nasal spray form, depending on supply. The nasal spray is not recommended for patients with certain medical conditions. The staff at 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers can advise you if that’s the case for your child.
Is there a chance my children could get the flu even if they’ve received the vaccine?
Yes, as with any vaccine, there is a small chance that it won’t provide complete protection. Flu strains are chosen months in advance each year according to the predictions of which ones will be prevalent. These predictions are intended to provide the most protection to the largest number of people possible. Most flu vaccines protect against four flu strains.
Is the vaccine safe for my children?
Yes, in most cases. Some children may show minor side effects like runny nose, sore throat or sleepiness for a day or two. Serious side effects are rare. As to the myth that the flu vaccine or any other vaccine may cause autism, this has been disproven in study after study over more than a decade.
Will my child need one or two doses of vaccine?
Children aged 6 months through 8 years should receive two doses (about 30 days apart) if they have never received a flu vaccine before. Immunity begins about 2 weeks after the second dose. Ask your pediatrician at 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers how many flu shot/spray doses your children require.