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The pediatricians at Children's Health Partners strongly recommend that all patients get vaccinated against influenza every year. The flu vaccine is our best defense against infection with influenza. It is vital for helping prevent hospitalizations due to influenza and flu-related deaths in children.
For the convenience of our patients, we will be offering several flu vaccine clinics this fall on specific dates in the evenings after regular business hours and select Saturday mornings. Our first two clinics are reserved for our high risk patients needing flu shots. Both the Flu Shot and FluMist will be available this year for non-high risk patients. While the CDC has approved the use of the FluMist this year for non-high risk patients ages 2-49, the AAP has recommended for children to receive the flu shot. Based on our review of available data, we are recommending that children age 4 years and under receive the flu shot for better protection against H3N2 strains in this age group.
If your child has an upcoming check-up, they will be able to receive their flu vaccine at their appointment. At this moment in September, we only have the shot available as FluMist hasn't been shipped anywhere yet. For those with infants older than 6 months who have already received their first flu vaccine, you can make an appointment for their booster dose at one of these clinics as long as it has been at least 4 weeks since their first dose.
A complete list of flu vaccine dates can be found by clicking the link below.
We currently have 6 pediatricians at Children's Health Partners - Karen Kreiling, Laurel George, Michelle Pierce, Brooke Scherer, Janie Canner, and Radhika Shah.
The pediatricians have been trained at nationally recognized institutions throughout the country. All are board-certified in pediatrics and are affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Additionally, all are on medical staff at Edward Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Pre-natal classes taught by one of the doctors are now being offered periodically to introduce expectant families to the practice and review common issues surrounding newborn care.
Please call our office to find out when the next class will be offered.
Children's Health Partners is excited to announce that parents can now access their child's health records by logging in through our patient portal.
Our staff is ready to assist you with creating an account to the patient portal to give you access to this exciting new feature.