2018-2019 Flu Season Information
The 2018-2019 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 0.25mL (6 mo. – 3 yrs)||Injection .5mL (3yrs & older)||Flumist (2yrs & older)|
|Memorial / Commercial vaccines||Available||Available||Available|
|Memorial / VFC vaccines||Limited Availability||Limited Availability||Limited Availability|
|Cypress / Commercial vaccines||Available||Available||Available|
|Cypress / VFC vaccines||Limited Availability||Limited Availability||Limited Availability|
|Katy / Commercial vaccines||Available||Available||Available|
|Katy / VFC vaccines||Limited Availability||Not Available||Limited Availability|
|Fairfield / Commercial vaccines||Available||Available||Available|
|Fairfield / VFC vaccines||Limited Availability||Limited Availability||Limited Availability|
|Woodlands / Commercial vaccines||Available||Available||Available|
|Woodlands / VFC vaccines||Limited Availability||Limited Availability||Limited Availability|
|Greater Heights / Commercial vaccines||Available||Available||Available|
|Greater Heights / VFC vaccines||Limited Availability||Not Available||Limited Availability|
|Sienna Plantation / Commercial vaccines||Available||Available||Not Available|
|Sienna Plantation / VFC vaccines||Available||Available||Available|
*All 2018 flu clinic dates listed below are Saturdays from 8AM-1PM. Please note that our flu clinics are reserved for patients of those offices, respectively. All Blue Fish patients should receive their flu shots at their respective locations.
Memorial: 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17
Cypress: 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3
Katy: 9/22, 10/20
Fairfield: No Flu Clinic – Flu Shots given during regular office hours by appointment
Woodlands: No Flu Clinic – Flu Shots given during regular office hours by appointment
Greater Heights: No Flu Clinic – Flu Shots given during regular office hours by appointment
Sienna Plantation: No Flu Clinic – Flu Shots given during regular office hours by appointment
Where can I get my flu shot?
For logistical reasons, patients can only receive their flu vaccine at the same location as their PCP (Primary Care Provider).
When can I get my flu shot?
Each office has its own protocol for when flu shots are available. Please see your respective office’s Flu Newsletter to find out when you can receive your flu shot.
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 (Memorial, Cypress, and Katy), 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?
What should I prepare for the Saturday flu clinics (Memorial, Cypress, and Katy Only)?
We have a downloadable flu vaccine packet (PDF) on this flu page (see “Flu Clinic Paperwork” toggle). 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?
All Blue Fish offices will be providing FluMist intranasal vaccine this year, but please note the following:
In February 2018, the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) decided to make the nasal flu vaccine available for the 2018-2019 flu season, based on indirect study data from the manufacturer suggesting their new formulation would be effective, as well as a review of other published research.
However, upon review of the same data, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends children receive the injectable form of the vaccine, which was shown to be more consistently effective against most strains of the flu virus over the past several flu seasons. For those children who would otherwise receive no flu vaccine, the AAP says the nasal spray vaccine can be given as a last resort, though it could leave them at higher risk for flu than if they had received the flu shot. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended for children under 2 years or children with chronic medical conditions like asthma.
Blue Fish Pediatrics has both the nasal flu vaccine and the injectable flu vaccine available for this coming flu season. Both the ACIP and AAP are well respected medical organizations who adhere to data-driven recommendations.
As such, our pediatricians feel comfortable with either the nasal flu or injectable flu vaccine for this coming flu season; however, given the better track record of the injectable flu vaccine, it is probably more prudent for families to receive the injectable flu vaccine whenever possible.
*For all medical questions regarding the flu vaccine, please refer to our Flu Newsletter or you can visit www.cdc.gov.