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Flu Vaccine Information

Please review the vaccine checklist questions and information statement below before your child's flu vaccine appointment. Following these guidelines will help us quickly get you in and out of your appointment. 



2023-2024 FLU SEASON - Frequently Asked Questions

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

2. Can children under six months of age receive a flu shot?
No, they cannot receive the vaccine until they are six months of age. 

3.   I would like a preservative-free vaccine for my child; is this possible?
All our injectable flu vaccines are preservative-free, quadrivalent (containing four flu protection strains), and egg-free. 

4. Can my child get the flu shot at the checkup scheduled for this fall?
Yes, PENDING AVAILABILITY, your child can get their flu shot at their checkup this fall/early winter.  

5. Will you be offering the FluMist vaccine this season, and who can receive it?
FluMist, the intranasal flu vaccine, can be given to healthy children two years and older. FluMist is contraindicated in children with an allergy to eggs, children receiving aspirin-containing therapy, children with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, and children with known or suspected immune deficiency. FluMist should NOT be administered to patients with a history of asthma or active wheezing or children under five years of age with recurrent wheezing. FluMist is NOT an Egg Free Product.

6. Who needs to get a second dose of the flu vaccine?
The interval between the two doses MUST be 28 days apart. Two doses are recommended even if your child turns nine years between receiving the 1st and 2nd doses.

  • Children aged six months through eight years who received two doses of the influenza vaccine before July 1, 2023, will only need one dose of the 2023-2024 influenza vaccine this year.
  • Children aged six months through eight years having received 0 or 1 dose of the influenza vaccine before July 1, 2023, will need two doses of the 2023-2024 flu vaccine this year. 

7. Will my insurance pay for the Flu vaccine?
Every insurance policy varies. Please check your benefits or contact your insurance company before the service to determine if Flu shots are covered. If you have any questions about your insurance or the vaccine cost, please call our patient account department at 317-621-9183 or email your question.