Influenza vaccines for the 2023-24 flu season are now available! We recommend flu vaccine for all children 6 months of age and older.
Annually influenza infects tens of millions of children. Children with special health conditions and children under age 5 are at increased risk for complications due to influenza. Although flu does not generally lead to death in most pediatric cases, in recent years 80+% of children who have died from flu were undervaccinated.
In addition to vaccine appointments throughout the week during office hours, we will offer a by-appointment-only Saturday morning flu shot clinic on October 21, 2023.
Call our office today to schedule your child's vaccine!
As the coronavirus pandemic has receded, we are gradually making changes to our office safety protocols. These changes will take place beginning May 1, 2023:
All patients 4 years and up who are having fever, respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms should continue to mask. Caregivers of these children should also mask.
Respiratory symptoms include runny nose, cough, sore throat or ear pain.
Gastrointestinal symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
For now, sick patients will continue to be asked to wait in the car until ready to be seen.
Limitations on numbers of people allowed in the building with a patient are lifted
Physicians and staff will mask when patients and families are masked.
There is a new updated coronavirus vaccine coming soon! This vaccine will provide protection against the most recent COVID strains. We expect this vaccine to be available sometime in mid-September or early October.
If your child is 5 years he or she can receive one dose of vaccine to be considered up-to-date.
For children 6 months through 4 years of age, 3 doses are required but the newest vaccine will be given for all doses.
If you are interested in getting your child vaccinated or boosted, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
We will be administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The Pfizer vaccine for ages 6m to 4y will consist of 3 doses, with 3-8 weeks separating dose 1 & 2 and 8 weeks separating dose 2 & 3. Once available, all doses will be the 2023 vaccine.
One COVID vaccine is recommended for ages 5 and up, regardless of prior vaccine status.
Typical side effects are mild and can include fever, injection site pain, fatigue, headache, joint/muscle aches, and chills.
We will bill your insurance where appropriate, but the vaccine is available at no cost to you or your children.
If you have questions about the vaccine, consider speaking with one of our phone nurses or messaging your child's doctor over the portal.
For detailed answers to questions, see also these useful links:
At this time we are not accepting new patient transfers from in or out of town. We want to provide our existing patients with the best care possible, and limiting our new patients to infants only will help us do that. We will review this policy regularly and will update this site as needed.
As noted, we will continue to accept newborns into our practice as we typically do.