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Flu Shot Information

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have all stated that “Health care providers should not use the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) in the upcoming 2016-’17 season due to poor effectiveness.”  The LAIV vaccine is commonly known as Flu Mist and is the only influenza vaccine which is administered nasally.

In light of this recommendation, that Flu Mist is not effective this season; we will not offer the Flu Mist vaccine to our patients for the 2016- ‘17 flu vaccine season and will only be offering the inactivated influenza vaccine (injectable vaccine).

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may give you and your family, but feel strongly that it is in our patient’s best interests to only administer the flu vaccine which has been scientifically shown to give the best protection against influenza, which can be a “unpredictable and dangerous virus” for children.

Please call our office if you have any questions regarding this.