2021-2022 Flu Season Information

The 2021-2022 flu season is now under way and we want to make sure all of our patients are well-informed and properly vaccinated.  Please check back with us as we will be updating this page regularly throughout this year’s flu season.

Location / Vaccine Source Injection 0.5mL Flumist (2yrs & older)
Memorial / Commercial  Available  Available
Memorial / VFC  Available Not Available
Cypress / Commercial  Available  Available
Cypress / VFC  Available Not Available
Katy / Commercial  Available  Available
Katy / VFC  Available Not Available
Fairfield / Commercial  Available  Available
Fairfield / VFC  Available Not Available
Woodlands / Commercial  Available  Available
Woodlands / VFC  Available Not Available
Greater Heights / Commercial  Available  Available
Greater Heights / VFC  Available Not Available
Sienna / Commercial  Available  Available
Sienna / VFC  Available Not Available
Sugar Land / Commercial  Available  Available
Sugar Land / VFC  Available Not Available

*All 2021 flu clinic dates listed below are Saturdays from 8AM-1PM.

Memorial (6) Cypress (4) Katy (5) Woodlands (2) Fairfield (2) Greater Heights (4) Sienna (2)
9/18 9/25 9/25 9/18 9/18 9/25 10/2
10/2 10/9 10/9 10/16 10/16 10/23 10/30
10/16 10/23 10/23 11/6
10/30 11/6 11/6 11/20
11/13 11/20
12/4

Sugar Land: No Flu Clinic – Flu Shots given during regular office hours by appointment

Where can I get my flu shot?

Should you choose to receive your flu vaccine from Blue Fish Pediatrics, patients can only receive their flu vaccine at the same location as their PCP (Primary Care Provider).  You can also receive it at many pharmacies in the community. Contact them to determine what ages of children they will vaccinate. Some of them will require a prescription from their doctor. Please let us know if this is the case and we can provide one.

When can I get my flu shot?

Due to the pandemic and anticipated increased demand for the flu vaccine, we will be offering two different ways to receive your flu vaccine this year:

  1. At any scheduled check-up or sick appointment.
  2. Every office (except for Sugar Land) will be hosting walk-in Saturday flu clinics.  Please see our Flu Clinic Dates toggle for more details.

Who can get the flu shot?

  • Blue Fish patients
  • Family members living in the same household with patients younger than 6 months old
  • Additionally, for those offices offering Saturday flu clinics (every office except Sugar Land), any Blue Fish parent, regardless of their child’s age, can get their flu shot on these designated Saturdays.  For all others, we ask that they receive their vaccines at outside facilities (e.g. pharmacy) or through their own PCP.

Is the flu vaccine cost covered by my insurance policy?

Most commercial health plans cover flu vaccines, but it is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to verify their own health plan benefits.  All parents (and family members who are not Blue Fish patients) receiving the flu vaccine will be asked to pay cash prices.  If you would like to receive the flu vaccine via your insurance, please arrange for your flu vaccine through your regular doctor.

How much is the cash price for the flu vaccine?

$35

What should I prepare for the Saturday flu clinics?

We have a downloadable flu vaccine packet (PDF) on this flu page (see “Flu Clinic Paperwork” toggle) for all offices hosting a flu clinic except for Memorial and Katy (these two offices use QR codes). For convenience, we will also have these packets available at each flu clinic. We only require one Information Sheet from each family unit, but each person receiving the flu shot will need to submit his or her own flu waiver.

Will the FluMist (intranasal) vaccine be available this year?

There will be limited availability of Flu Must.  It will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

*For all medical questions regarding the flu vaccine, please refer to our Flu Newsletter or you can visit www.cdc.gov.

What pandemic safety measures will be taken during the Saturday flu clinics?

For the 2021-2022 flu season, our offices have made the following changes to allow for social distancing while continuing to vaccinate our patients in a timely manner:

  • Check in area will have markers on the floor for social distancing. A staff member will hand out paperwork and clipboards.
  • We are encouraging families to come to flu clinics with the paperwork already completed (see Flu Clinic Paperwork toggle).

Why do we do Saturday flu clinics?

Since 2006, we have found Saturday clinics to be the most effective way to administer the flu vaccine to the most amount of people as possible.

Why can’t I come whenever I want? 

Walk-in appointments and too many flu shot only appointments early in the flu season overwhelm the schedule and staff, creating longer wait times for well and sick visits.

Why can’t I go to another Blue Fish clinic to get my flu vaccine? 

We order a specific amount of flu vaccine according to our patient population per clinic.

Why do you run out of the flu vaccine?

We are at the mercy of the vaccine company and the VFC program to send the flu vaccine. We cannot control the amount or date of shipment. The weather, e.g. tropical storms or hurricanes, can also delay shipments, causing a temporary shortage of supply.

What is the best way to find out if the flu vaccine is available? 

Signing up to receive emails (newsletter sign up is on our home page) and checking the online flu availability chart on this Flu Information page the day of flu clinic will provide the most up to date supply availability.

What if I can’t make it to a Saturday flu clinic? 

Due to the pandemic and anticipated increased demand for the flu vaccine, we will be offering three different ways to receive your flu vaccine this year.  Besides the Saturday flu clinics, you can receive the flu vaccine at any scheduled check-up or sick appointment.

What if my child has an egg allergy?

All children with egg allergy of any severity can receive influenza vaccine without any additional precautions beyond those recommended for any vaccine.

What if my child needs a second dose?

The second dose should be given at least 4 weeks after the first dose. This requirement only applies to children receiving their first flu vaccination under 9 years of age. You can come to a subsequent flu clinic, as long as it has been at least 4 weeks, or you can schedule a shot only appointment.