What pandemic safety measures will be taken during the Saturday flu clinics?
For the 2020 flu season, our offices have made the following changes to allow for social distancing while continuing to vaccinate our patients in a timely manner:
- We have reduced the amount of flu shot slots per hour.
- 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.
- We are also offering flu shot only appointments in the afternoons beginning on Tuesday, September 8.
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. 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.