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Flu Information - 2018

February 2, 2018
 
Dear Parents and Patients,
 
As everyone is aware, flu season is upon us and in full swing!  We have not experienced a flu season like this in many, many years.  We are writing to offer information on flu prevention and advise you as to what is happening at Roswell Pediatrics.


We began administering flu vaccine to our patients in early September, 2017.  We administered over 12,000 vaccines to many of our patients. Unfortunately, many families chose not to be vaccinated at that time.   The manufacturers of the flu vaccine that we use for our patients are out of flu for this season.  Accordingly, we are unable to obtain more flu vaccine for our patients over the age of 3. We still have flu vaccine for children six months of age to age 3.  We still have VFC vaccine available for uninsured children and children covered by Medicaid/Wellcare/Peachcare/Amerigroup. 


If your child has not had the flu vaccine and you wish for him/her to receive it, we suggest checking with local pharmacies to see if they have flu vaccine for your child’s age. Many pharmacies require a prescription for children below a certain age to receive flu vaccine at the pharmacy. As we are out of vaccine at this time, if you call with the name and number of a pharmacy that you have confirmed has the flu vaccine, we will call in a prescription for your child to receive his/her flu shot at the pharmacy.  We have also checked with the local health departments and at this time, they report having adequate supplies of flu vaccine.


Our office phones are very busy.  Our dedicated triage staff is working tirelessly to return all calls in a timely manner.  However, due to the extremely high volume of calls, we ask your patience as there may be a longer than usual delay in responding to your call.  If you do need to be seen for flu type symptoms, please wear a mask when in the office.  If you do not have a mask, please ask at the front desk for one.  If you have an infant due for their well child care, we suggest that you try and schedule his/her appointment first thing in the morning as generally we see more healthy children for well child checkups first thing in the morning.  All patients needing to be seen are being seen.  Accordingly, wait times may be longer than usual.  We have shortened our lunch breaks and are seeing many more patients than usual.  We ask your understanding and patience as we try to help all children who are sick and need medical care.


What should you do if you think your child has the flu?  We’ve recently introduced a very helpful tool on this website
 called Symptom Checker.  It is available in English or you may select Spanish as your preferred language.  Click here for the direct link to the information which can be found on flu. 

 
We encourage you to check out our new symptom checker as it will answer many of your questions. Please do not hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns.  We will do our best to serve you and your child as quickly as possible.


We hope each and everyone one of you will recover quickly and completely if you or your family are affected by this flu outbreak.

Sincerely,
 

The Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Staff of Roswell Pediatrics

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