Flu Shot Clinics

Making sure everyone gets a flu vaccine is a challenge every year! We’ve preordered again this year and will do everything we can to make the process convenient and hassle-free for all concerned. Thanks for your patience each year with the never-ending story of flu shot availability.

You may call our office at (405) 945-4220 to make an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Flu Vaccines

Is anything new about influenza? 

Again this year, the CDC recommends all children between 6 months and 5  years of age receive the influenza vaccine. This recommendations is made because infants and young children are the group most likely to be hospitalized with severe influenza infections. Although elderly adults are the group most likely to die from influenza infections (about 40,000 deaths are caused by influenza virus every year in the United States), infants and young children are the group most likely to be hospitalized by influenza infections (about 200,000 hospitalizations are caused by influenza virus every year in the United States).

What is the “flu”, anyway? “Flu” (short for influenza) is primarily a respiratory disease. Most common symptoms are fever, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, and a nonproductive cough. Although many people associate vomiting and diarrhea with “the flu,” viral gastroenteritis is different from influenza.

Who should get a flu vaccine?

  • Anyone who is at high risk of severe or fatal pneumonia caused by influenza virus should receive the vaccine. Groups at highest risk include: Children 6 months to 5 years of age
  • Children with underlying conditions such as: Asthma or other lung disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Sickle cell disease or other blood disorders
  • Immunosuppressive conditions (including HIV)
  • Children who live in the same house with a child under 6 months of age
  • Any other person older than 5 years of age wishing to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza

When should my child get a flu vaccine?

The best time is in the early fall (October-November)

When is it too late to get a flu vaccine?

Flu season peaks anywhere from December to March, so children can still be immunized into December, January and later, if supply is still available

Will my child get influenza from the flu shot?

The injected vaccine cannot give your child influenza. This type of influenza vaccine is made from killed or “dead” viruses. This means your child cannot get influenza from receiving a flu shot.  The nasal mist is made from a live, yet weakened, or “attenuated” form of the influenza virus.  So, cannot cause flu illness. The weakened viruses are cold-adapted, which means they are designed to only cause infection at the cooler temperatures found within the nose. The viruses cannot infect the lungs or other areas where warmer temperatures exist.

Can my child receive a flu vaccine:

If she is sick?

Yes, if her temperature does not exceed 100 degrees

If he is on antibiotics?

Yes, he can get the flu shot while on antibiotics, as long as his temperature does not exceed 100 degrees.

If she is getting other routine shots at the same time?

She can receive the flu shot along with other childhood immunizations

Who should not get a flu shot?

Children who are allergic to eggs should not receive a flu shot.  Discuss with your physician and see this link: 

Who can take the nasal vaccine (FluMist)?

  • FluMist is recommended for healthy people between 2-49 years of age.
  • Children who have egg allergies, asthma, diabetes, or heart disease should not receive the nasal vaccine.
  • A healthy sibling of a child with asthma, diabetes, or heart disease should not receive FluMist.
  • Children who have nasal congestion can’t receive FluMist until their congestion has been cleared up for at least three days.

Does the flu shot contain mercury (thimerosol)?

There are trace amounts of the preservative thimerosol in the flu vaccine. However, concerns about mercury have been related to cumulative amounts from immunizations given prior to age 4 years. Thimerosol was removed from other routine childhood immunizations several years ago. The trace amount in the flu shot should not be of concern.

Why does my child have to get two separate shots?

Children age 9 years and under who have never had a flu shot get two doses at least 30 days apart. This is to allow their immune systems more time to produce antibodies to influenza. Spacing the doses makes the body more efficient in doing that.  In subsequent years, your child will only require one dose.

My child never got the 2nd dose last year.  Now what?

If your child is age 9 years or less and did not complete the two dose series last year, the CDC now recommends that he or she should receive two doses this year.