When is Flu Season?
It is difficult to predict exactly when the season for influenza is going to start and end. It can start as early as October and end as late as April or May. There is no reported influenza activity yet in Colorado but that could change soon.
What is influenza?
Influenza is a virus and there are many different strains or types of influenza. The virus typically causes fever, body aches and respiratory symptoms like cough and congestion. The virus can lead to secondary bacterial infections like pneumonia and ear infections. While vomiting and diarrhea can be associated with influenza it is often confused with the "stomach flu". Most vomiting and diarrhea illnesses are not caused by influenza and therefore don't cause high fever, body aches and respiratory symptoms. They are not truly a "flu" and therefore the flu vaccine does not protect against those intestinal viruses.
There are things that you can do for your child to help their immune system through the cold and flu season.
H.I.P will have two types of flu vaccine available. Flu Mist (nasal spray) and injectable flu vaccines. All of our flu vaccine is preservative (mercury) free.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends flu vaccine for all children older than 6 months old. Our strongest recommendation is for children between 6-months-old and 3-years-old or any child above 6-months-old who has asthma or other chronic medical conditions that may make them more susceptible to complications from influenza. Kids in these groups are more likely to develop complications from the flu.
Families that have infants under 6-months-old can help to protect their infants by getting the flu vaccine for those people around them.
Insurance will be billed for patients of H.I.P and there is no co-pay for a flu vaccine visit.
Flu Vaccine Clinics
Please call front desk to schedule flu shot.