JDC now has flu vaccine available for our patients. The flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months through 18 years of age. Your child should receive this vaccine as soon as possible, and this vaccine will provide protection through the 2018-2019 flu season.
Flu vaccine appointments are available Monday through Friday during normal office hours. Check our website for evening and Saturday morning flu clinics in the upcoming weeks. Call 717-791-2680, option 1 or 2 to schedule a flu vaccine appointment for your child, or you may schedule an appointment through your child's portal
If your child already has an appointment (of any kind) scheduled with our office within the next few weeks, you may have the flu vaccine given to your child at that visit (as long as the child doesn't have a fever). We normally offer the flu vaccine to all patients coming in for appointments, whether or not they have asked for it ahead of time. Siblings may also receive the vaccine at the same time.
If this is the first time your child (up to and including age 8) is receiving a flu vaccine, he or she will need a second dose after 30 days.
Even if you have previously declined a flu vaccine for your child, please consider this:
The flu virus is common and unpredictable, and it can cause serious complications and death, even in healthy children. Getting sick with the flu can be costly, too, possibly requiring doctor visits, hospital stays, and lost time from work to care for sick children. It is always better to prevent a disease than to have to treat it or live with the consequences of having it. Getting a flu shot each year is the BEST way to protect your children, their friends, and their family members, and most insurance plans cover the vaccine. If you have any questions about the flu vaccine, ask your child's physician. You may also viisit the following links for more information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions 2018-2019 Influenza Season
Which Flu Vaccine Should My Children Get This Year?
A Guide for Parents of Children with Chronic Health Conditions
Ten Reasons to be Vaccinated
Myths and Facts About Influenza