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Flu Vaccines

Time has come to get prepared for flu season. South Tulsa Pediatrics would like to inform our patients of our plans for flu vaccine administration for this winter.

We will begin having nurse visits opened for flu vaccinations starting Tuesday, October 18th. You may call at any time to schedule your child’s flu vaccination appointment. If your child has a regularly scheduled check up due soon, we will likely be able to do the immunization at that time.

We recommend that any patient that has no contraindication to receive the flu vaccine should receive it. Those especially at risk are outlined for us by the CDC in the following recommendations (therefore, we strongly encourage those patients to schedule their appointment soon):

People who should get vaccinated each year are:
1.) People at high risk for complications from the flu:
* People 65 years and older;
* People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that house those with long-term illnesses;
* Adults and children 6 months and older with chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma;
* Adults and children 6 months and older who needed regular medical care or were in a hospital during the previous year because of a metabolic disease (like diabetes), chronic kidney disease, or weakened immune system (including immune system problems caused by medicines or by infection with human immunodeficiency virus [HIV/AIDS]);
* Children 6 months to 18 years of age who are on long-term aspirin therapy. (Children given aspirin while they have influenza are at risk of Reye syndrome.);
* Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
* All children 6 to 23 months of age;
* People with any condition that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions (that is, a condition that makes it hard to breathe or swallow, such as brain injury or disease, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other nerve or muscle disorders.)

2.) People 50 to 64 years of age. Because nearly one-third of people 50 to 64 years of age in the United States have one or more medical conditions that place them at increased risk for serious flu complications, vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 50 – 64 years.
3.) People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications. Any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group (see above) should get vaccinated. This includes all health-care workers, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children 0 to 23 months of age, and close contacts of people 65 years and older.

We have both “flu shots” and the Flumist nasal spray flu vaccine. Your Doctor may recommend that you or your child take the Flumist vaccine if you or your child are not in the above high risk category group.

Please call to schedule an appointment soon or if you have further questions.

Thank you,
South Tulsa Pediatrics

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