Flu Vaccine Information

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Northpoint Pediatrics has exhausted our supply of all injectable flu products for the 2017-2018 season.


The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) also known as FluMist nasal spray, should NOT be used during the 2017-2018 flu season.  This decision came from data following two previous seasons showing poor and /or lower than expected vaccine effectiveness from (LAIV- nasal spray-FluMist).  The reason for the recent poor performance of LAIV/FluMist is unknown.  CDC will be working with manufacturers of the flu shot throughout the summer to ensure there is enough vaccine to meet the demand.


Frequently Asked Flu Questions

Who should receive the Flu vaccine?
Annual vaccination of all children aged 6 months and older recommended. NOTE: Flu vaccine is contraindicated in children with an allergy to eggs, children with a history of Guillian-Barre syndrome and children who have had a severe reaction after a dose of flu vaccine in the past.

Can children under 6 months of age receive a flu shot?
No, they are unable to receive the vaccine until they are 6 months of age.

I would like preservative free vaccine for my child, is this possible?
Yes, all of our injectable flu vaccine is preservative free this year.  Also, this year all of our flu products are Quadravalent, which means they contain 4 strains of flu protection, instead of 3 strains like in years past.

Can my child get the flu shot at their check up already scheduled for this fall?
Yes, PENDING AVAILABILITY your child will be able to get their Flu shot at their check up this fall. We will administer the flu vaccine until we are out of supply.

Can I get a script for FluMist and take my child elsewhere?
No.  Northpoint will be following the CDC recommendation of not using FluMist during the 2017-2018 season, so no FluMist scripts will be given to parents/patients to take elsewhere to be given.  We have exchanged all our FluMist products to injectable flu vaccine for the 2017-2018 season.

Does my child need a second dose of Flu vaccine?                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For children less than 9 years of age;

  • If your child received two or more doses of flu vaccine before July 1, 2017, then they will need only one dose of the 2017-2018 vaccine
  • If your child has not received two doses before July 1, 2017, then your child should receive two doses of the 2017-2018 seasonal influenza vaccine separated by 28 or more days

Do I need to bring anything with me to the Flu clinic besides my child?
Yes, there are vaccine information sheets as well as a check list for the Flu vaccine on our home page. Look for the information under Flu vaccine information. Please print the checklist for the Flu, complete one for each child receiving the vaccine and bring it with you to your appointment. Coming with these checklists completed to the clinic will expedite the process and give us information about your child that we need to know prior to administering the vaccine.  ​Injectable Flu Vaccine Checklist [printable]

Will my insurance pay for the Flu vaccine?
Every insurance policy varies. Please check your benefits or contact your insurance company prior to the service to determine if Flu shots are a covered benefit. If you have any questions about your insurance or the cost of the vaccine, feel free to call our patient account department at 317-621-9183 or you can e-mail your questions. This is for account questions only, no medical advice will be given by e-mail.

Please print the checklist, complete and bring to the office when your child gets their vaccination.

​Injectable Flu Vaccine Checklist [printable]

Related Links
(Injectable) Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Information Statement ​

When we are out of supply, we encourage you to seek it elsewhere. Other resources are listed below:
317-722-8299 Visiting Nurses
317-221-2122 Marion County Health Dept