2023 Flu Clinics
Our practice recommends the flu vaccine for all patients 6 months of age and older (unless they have rare medical contraindications). We will offer an injectable flu vaccine for ages 6 months and older as well as a nasal flu vaccine for patients 2 years and older.
Why is the flu vaccine important for kids?
During the flu season, children typically have the highest “attack rate” in the community. They play a crucial role in transmission throughout the community. Children less than 5 years old, especially those less than 2 years old, and any child or teen with any underlying health problems are considered “high risk” for complications from the flu, including hospitalization. School-age children and teens are more likely to seek out medical care for the flu than adults.
What are the benefits of getting my child or teen the flu vaccine?
-Protects children and teens against catching the flu at all
-Reduces the severity of illness in children who are vaccinated but still get sick
-Significantly lowers the chance of flu-related hospitalization and death
-Helps protect everyone around the child or teen: parents/grandparents, teachers, childcare workers, community members
How can I get the flu vaccine at Blue Ridge Pediatrics?
- Flu vaccine clinics start on September 19th and run through November (no appointment needed)
Boone: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday mornings from 8:30 AM -11:00 AM
Ashe: Wednesdays 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Avery: Fridays 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Our nurses will also be offering flu vaccinations for parents, in partnership with Boone Drug, during the flu clinics.
- At already scheduled appointments (siblings can get it at this time as well)