Flu shot appointments are now available  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have designated parking spots right in front of our office. Just pull in an open spot and a member of our staff will be right out to administer the shot. Simple. Safe. Fast!

With in-person school starting soon you may be tempted to put off your child’s flu shot. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s important to get kids vaccinated for the flu as soon as possible.

Kids (and adults) should get a flu vaccination every year.

  • The flu vaccine becomes less effective over time, so the shot your child got last year will no longer do a good job protecting them.

  • There are often several different versions of the flu going around, and last year’s shot may not cover all of them. This year’s vaccine covers four flu strains, and three of the four strains were not in last year’s flu vaccine.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children get vaccinated for the flu in September or October. Flu season starts as early as October – but it takes a few weeks for a vaccine to do its work in the body to create immunity. By getting a flu shot sooner, your child’s immune defenses can be in place before the flu becomes widespread in the community.

If it is your child's first flu shot, and they’re under age 8: Children typically receive their first flu shot when they’re about 6 months old, but even if your child is up to age 8 and it’s their first time, they’ll need a second dose about four weeks later. This is because young kids’ immune systems don’t respond to vaccines in the same way as older kids and adults. The first flu shot “primes” their immune system, and the second shot helps it actually develop the antibodies it needs to fight off the virus. (For the same reason, if your child is under age 8 and only previously received one dose of flu vaccines, they should get two doses of vaccine.)

Catch up on your child's health needs.
The rate of COVID-19 community spread is low right now in Southeastern North Carolina, but we don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks or months. Use this time to catch up on your child’s wellness appointments.

The CDC does not anticipate any flu shot shortages this year, but appointment schedules fill up quickly. Plan ahead!

We’re here to help!

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