We are now able to begin scheduling flu shots for all of our patients. We were able to obtain some multi-dose vials of trivalent flu vaccine prior to our original order shipping (which is not expected until November) and this is allowing us to open up our flu clinics. The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics advises that the trivalent and quadrivalent forms of the vaccine are equally effective for this year’s flu strains. We will have several dates to choose from, including some evening and Saturday appointments.
We know that our phones are going to be very busy so we ask in advance for your patience. We will get everyone scheduled and vaccinated as quickly as possible. We would like to inform all patients that for children over age 24 months they may receive flu vaccine with the preservative thimerosal. We do not believe that this is a risk to our patients. Here is a link to the CDC for more information on flu vaccine: www.cdc.gov/flu.
The available type of flu vaccine in our office currently are:
Flu Mist – quadrivalent, preservative free, live vaccine that is available for healthy children age 2 and older.
Injectable Flu – trivalent vaccine, which contains a small trace of preservative for children age 2 and older.
Injectable Flu – prefilled syringe, quadrivalent, preservative free for children under age 2.
At the present time we do not have any preservative free vaccine for children over 2. We will receive this shipment towards the end of November.
IHA Chelsea Pediatrics pediatricians, nurse practitioners and staff are dedicated to caring for your children, offering quality health care for patients, newborn/infant through the college years. We have four pediatricians and one nurse practitioner dedicated to serving you and your child. In order to meet your child's needs for health care we offer:
One complimentary 15 minute meet the pediatrician appointment for all new patients and expecting parents
Convenient access with extended evening hours
Same day appointments
Early morning walk-in hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 9:30 am.
We also participate in the Vaccine for Children program and Mi-Child
At IHA Chelsea Pediatrics, there is always someone available to answer medical questions 24 hours a day (after-hours calls are routed through our nurse triage service). Our goal is to partner with you to achieve optimum health for your child. We will do our best to make each visit a good experience. Please contact our office for more information. We welcome you and your family to join our practice.