2012-2013 Flu season information
Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Forest View Pediatrics recommends that all children older than age 6 months receive the seasonal flu vaccine.
The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against H1N1 and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus).
How many doses does my child need?
If your child is age 9 or older, he or she only needs one dose.
If your child is younger than age 9, he or she will need one or two doses depending on his or her flu vaccine history.
Your child needs ONE DOSE if:
|Your child needs TWO DOSES if:|
He or she received 2 or more total doses of seasonal vaccine since July 1, 2010.
- He or she has never received influenza vaccine
- He or she has only received 1 total dose of seasonal vaccine since July 1, 2010.
Influenza vaccine supply and scheduling information
Click here to see our updated supply information. To make your flu clinic visit go smoothly, fill out the Flu Screening Questionaire form and bring it with you to the vaccine appointment. Call (414)-425-5660, and press 3 to schedule your child's appointment.
Check this website often for updates on flu vaccine scheduling. We will offer as many vaccine clinics as supply allows. Public health departments or sites such as Walgreens also are options for obtaining flu vaccines.
Flu appointments are made with a nurse only. Your child will not see a doctor on the day of his or her flu shot. If you have concerns you would like to discuss, please call the office, and schedule a time when you can see your doctor and get the flu vaccine.
Pending supply issues - Children who have physical exams scheduled may receive the influenza vaccine at that time. If one of your children has a physical scheduled and you wish to bring siblings along to receive flu vaccines as well, please call our office before the appointment to make arrangements.
Types of seasonal flu vaccine:
FluMist is a live vaccine. It is a nose spray and can be given to children older than 2 years. It cannot be given to children with a history of asthma or wheezing. It should provide protection for 14 months.
The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that can be given to children older than 6 months. It should provide protection for 12 months.
Can family members of a pregnant woman receive the nasal spray vaccine?
Yes, as long as they are at least 2 years old and have no chronic medical conditions. Pregnant women and nursing moms should NOT receive the live nasal spray influenza vaccine.
Spacing between vaccines
- If your child needs two doses of the flu vaccine, the two doses should be separated by at least four weeks.
- If your child has received a live vaccine (ie. MMR, Varivax or Rotateq) recently, there needs to be at least 28 days between when he or she got the live vaccine and when he or she receives the intranasal seasonal flu vaccine.
- If your child has received an inactivated vaccine recently (ie. Tdap, Menactra, HPV, Hep A, Hep B, IPV, Prevnar, DTaP, Hib), there is no minimum time required between that vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine.