- Amelia Colley, M.D., FAAP
- Philip Dawson, M.D., FAAP
- Scott Iwashyna, M.D., FAAP
9606 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 740-6171 office | (804) 741-3105 Fax
Flu Season is Coming
Each year, influenza kills more people in the U.S. than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. In 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics expanded the recommendation for flu vaccination to include all children ages six months to 18 years.
Inactivated (killed) influenza vaccine has been used in the United States for many years. The vaccine is updated yearly since influenza viruses change constantly. Protection develops in about two weeks and last up to one year. Some people who get the flu vaccine may still get the flu, but it will usually be a milder case than those who didn’t get the shot.
There is also a flu vaccine named FLUMIST that is administered by a nasal spray. Our office has this product and it is a favorite for our patients who don’t like shots. There are some limitations to who can receive this, so please call our office if you have questions.
A “preservative-free” version of the flu vaccine is available for those who are interested.
We have begun administering the flu vaccine to our patients. Please call to schedule an appointment.