We begin flu vaccinations in September for all of our patients.
FLU APPOINTMENTS SCHEDULE We have flu vaccines for children of all ages For ALL Current Patients By appointment only who wish to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine.
All patients must have had a well check/physical with us in the last 12 months. The flu vaccine can be given at a well check/physical.
Appointments are filling up fast. Please call us to schedule at 703-802-6304, Monday-Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.
PLEASE NOTE: Insurance companies have a variety of plans and coverage. Some insurances do not cover the flu vaccine while others may not require a copay to get the vaccine. It is your responsiblity to know your insurance. Please check with your insurance company before your appointment to confirm coverage or other requirements.
What is Influenza? Influenza is a viral infection caused by the influenza germ, which is easily spread to others by coughing and sneezing.Because the flu is caused by a virus, antibiotics used for bacterial infections will not work.Flu is most common in fall and winter months.Children can get the flu 1 to 4 days after being around others who have it.The most severe symptoms usually subside within 3 to 5 days and people usually feel better in an average of 7 to 10 days. To reduce the risk of catching the flu, avoid crowded places and wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap and encourage children to cough into their sleeve rather than their hands. Symptoms usually come on suddenly.The virus can affect the nose, throat, windpipe, lungs, and muscles.Your child can have fever, chills, fatigue, body and joint aches, cough, sore throat, or headaches.Sometimes children can have additional symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; however we are also currently seeing a variety of viruses with some of these symptoms alone.
You should keep children away from others until they are fever free for at least 24 hours and are feeling better.
Complications from influenza can include dehydration and pneumonia.Should your child show signs of dehydration, such as decreased urine output or, if you child has an increasing or worsening cough or, should your child have a fever that disappears for more than 24 hours and then returns; parents should contact our office when these symptoms are noted. To decrease your child's flu symptoms, have them rest and drink plenty of caffeine-free liquids each day.Use a cool mist humidifier and over-the counter nasal saline drops to help your child's stuffy nose feel better.Give them normal fever or pain reducers, such as Tylenol or Motrin, as needed for body aches and fever. If you have further questions or concerns about your child, please call our triage line at 703-802-6304 extension 1, during regular office hours. We hope you have a happy and healthy season!