Now that the 2021 Flu Shot has arrived, we want to make it as easy as possible for our families to get protected from the flu and get a flu shot while still following the safety guidelines for COVID-19. The CDC and AAP recommend all children 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine and because of COVID-19 , getting the flu shot is more important than ever!
Because of COVID-19 guidelines, we will no longer have walk-in flu shot appointments. We are offering several different options for our families including In-office Flu Clinics (Thursdays), Drive-Thru Flu Clinics (Saturdays), and Scheduled Flu Appointments (Primarily for those that are shot-phobic, have an underlying condition, or are in need of other vaccinations at the time and these will be on Wednesdays). Important: There must be at least two weeks between when you receive your flu shot and your COVID-19 vaccine. You can only schedule Flu-Clinics online through our website, so please don’t call us to schedule for the flu-clinics. Below are the clinics. If you have an upcoming annual physical you can get your flu shot at that physical.
Drive-Thru Clinics are for children 3 years or older that are not shot-phobic. When you arrive at our parking lot follow the signage. Everyone in the car over the age of 2 must be masked, covering the nose and mouth completely. When you get to the check-in point, whatever child is receiving the shot first should be seated on the passenger side. Temperatures will be taken for all those receiving a shot. If multiple children are vaccinating they will need to move to the passenger side after their sibling has received a shot. Please wear something loose and easy to access your arm.
The following are our next two dates for Drive-Thru Flu Clinics (links for specific dates are below). Please be aware, we will be adding new clinics each week, so re-visit our website next week if you don’t get a spot in any of these. Read the sign-up instructions carefully before you choose a time/slot. Once you have signed up you will receive a confirmatory and reminder email from signupgenius.com. All patients under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian accompany them to the clinic. Only patients signed up will receive the vaccine.
IN-OFFICE FLU CLINICS
Our In-Office Flu Clinics are designed to make it easy and quick for families to receive the flu shot. Once you arrive in the parking lot, please call the office and let us know you are here for your flu shot. With your mask on, we will take temperatures then direct you to our socially distancing waiting area where you will follow the directions. All patients under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian accompany them to the clinic. Only patients signed up will receive the vaccine.
If your child is sick on the day of the clinic, please call us and re-schedule and please do not bring him/her to the clinic. If you are waiting for COVID test results, please don’t attend the clinic until you receive a negative confirmation. It is EXTREMELY important to be on time for your assigned time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you may have to re-schedule. Please try and limit the number of people you bring with you for the In-Office clinics. Thank you in advance for your patience as we adapt to this new process. If you have any questions, please call Mary @ 203-972-4240 or Mary@ncpedi.com.