Fight the Flu and get your flu shot today!

It is time again for The Youth Clinic’s annual Express Flu Clinic. The best way to prevent the flu and spreading is getting an annual seasonal flu vaccine. The viruses are constantly changing with each new season. At the beginning of each season, the vaccine is reviewed and changed to keep up with the changing virus. Because the body’s immune response from the vaccination declines over time, everyone over the age of 6 months SHOULD be vaccinated each year.

The Youth Clinic’s 2018 Express Flu Clinics will start accepting appointments beginning September 5th.

Call 970.482.2515 to schedule for ALL family members!

 

Shot or Mist?

Be prepared when you call:

Know dates available • Know number of people • Have all birth dates ready

  • Appointments are required
  • Insurance will be billed (we do not accept Adult Medicare, Adult Medicaid or Adult Kaiser)
  • Charges will apply for no-show appointments
  • Save your family time in line by complete your paperwork 2 days before your appointment using Phreesia, our new electronic check-in system

Express Flu Clinics will be after hours Weekdays starting at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays starting at 9:00 a.m. All clinic appointments will be located at 1200 E. Elizabeth Office on the following dates:

Saturday, September 29, 2018 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018  

Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018  

Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018   

INFLUENZA VACCINE FOR 2018-2019 season:

As you know, the Flumist vaccine was taken off the market in 2017 due to lack of effectiveness of that specific vaccine in the few previous years.

In 2018 the CDC has approved Flumist for the 2018/19 season. The company that makes the vaccines presented data from ~ 2,000 children who received the vaccine and it was felt to be comparable to the injectable vaccine.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases reviewed the information as well and was more skeptical than the CDC.  They have recommended that the Flumist be given only in exceptional cases where the child is unable to tolerate the injectable influenza vaccine.

The providers at The Youth Clinic agree with the AAP and are recommending that our patients receive the flu shot rather than the Flumist for this season. We hope that more data on the effectiveness of the Flumist vaccine will be available in coming years that will reduce our concerns about Flumist.

The Youth Clinic, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Center for Disease Control are recommending the vaccination of everyone over 6 months of age to present possible complication of influenza.

FLU SHOT:

  • Inactive (dead) virus
  • Preservative Free
  • Intramuscular-shot given in arm or leg
  • Available to anyone over 6 months of age including those over 50 years of age
  • May cause minor symptoms but will NOT cause anyone to get “the flu”

PEOPLE SHOULD CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • Past Severe Reaction to Flu Vaccine
  • Parent Note: Flu shots given to parents will be billed to insurance.