Aug. 29, 2016
Johnson County Pediatrics will not offer intranasal flu vaccines (flu mist) during the 2016-2017 flu season. The pediatricians are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Johnson County Pediatrics will offer flu shots for children 6 months of age and older. Dates and times of our flu clinics will be announced in the next couple of weeks.
“We understand the impact this may have on many of our patients, but our primary objective is to make sure we offer our patients the best, safest and most effective health care we can,“ said Dr. Christine White. “We encourage all of our families to get flu shots for their children who are 6 months of age and older. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of flu immunizations.”
In June the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended flu mist not be used in the upcoming 2016-2017 season. New data revealed that currently only the inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shot) provides protection against flu.
Flu Clinics will be offered at Johnson County Pediatrics beginning in September and will continue throughout the fall and into winter. Flu shots will also be available at regular appointments.