2020-2021 Flu Season Information

The 2020-2021 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 Not Available this Year
Memorial / VFC  Limited Availability Not Available this Year
Cypress / Commercial  Available Not Available this Year
Cypress / VFC  Limited Availability Not Available this Year
Katy / Commercial  Available Not Available this Year
Katy / VFC  Limited Availability Not Available this Year
Fairfield / Commercial  Available Not Available this Year
Fairfield / VFC  Limited Availability Not Available this Year
Woodlands / Commercial  Available Not Available this Year
Woodlands / VFC  Limited Availability Not Available this Year
Greater Heights / Commercial  Available Not Available this Year
Greater Heights / VFC  Limited Availability Not Available this Year
Sienna / Commercial  Available Not Available this Year
Sienna / VFC  Limited Availability Not Available this Year
Sugar Land / Commercial  Available Not Available this Year
Sugar Land / VFC  Not Available Not Available this Year

*All 2020 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 (6 Saturdays): 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5

Cypress (4 Saturdays): 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7

Katy (4 Saturdays): 9/12, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7

Woodlands (2 Saturdays): 9/19, 10/17

Fairfield (2 Saturdays): 10/3, 10/31

Greater Heights (2 Saturdays): 9/12, 10/10

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

Sugar Land: 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?

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:

  1. At any scheduled check-up or sick appointment.
  2. We are also offering flu shot only appointments in the afternoons beginning Tuesday, September 8.
  3. Every office (except for Sienna) will be hosting walk-in Saturday flu clinics.  Please see our Saturday Flu Clinic FAQs 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 Sienna), 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 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?

Although the intranasal flu vaccine is an acceptable alternative to the flu shot for the 2020-2021 flu season, there is a concern that it will create aerosolized particles increasing the risk of COVID-19. As such, Blue Fish will not be offering the intranasal flu vaccine this year.

*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 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.

Dear Parents,

Our first Memorial Saturday flu clinic on 9/19/2020 had a robust response greater than our projections based on past years.

Especially because of the current pandemic, we would like to announce immediate changes we will be implementing at our future clinics for the remainder of 2020.

In addition to our usual walk-in flu time slots, between 9:30am and 12:30pm we are also allowing a set number of pre-booked flu appointments for each Saturday flu clinic, so please call now to schedule an appointment at 713-467-1741. We will reserve enough flu vaccines to accommodate these pre-booked appointments.

8am to 1pm:         Walk-in visits (ticket will be given with same day appointment time)
9:30am to 12:30pm:     Pre-booked flu appointments (please show email confirmation from patient portal OR we will have a printed list to confirm your appointment at the entries of the building)

If you pre-book your flu appointment, you will not need to come to the early morning sign-in for the flu clinic in the morning. We still ask that you print out and complete a waiver for each person getting the flu vaccine beforehand and bring them with you to your appointment.  You can find the waiver here:

https://bluefishmd.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Flu-Vaccine-Waiver-2020-2021.pdf

For the walk-in patients who do not pre-book, we will reduce COVID-19 exposure by reducing the number of patients in and around the building by doing the following:

  1. We ask that only one parent initially come to the walk-in sign-up for the flu clinic. Please have the family wait in the car until the designated appointment time on the ticket.
  2. Walk-in parents will be greeted at the buildings’ exterior doors and handed flu waivers to be completed in the car, along with their designated flu clinic (same day) appointment time ticket.
  3. On the appointment time ticket there will be a QR code which will direct you to a short Google form to complete. Only Blue Fish patients receiving the flu vaccine need to be added to the Google form. All other flu vaccine recipients do not need to be added to the Google form.
  4. We will be strictly enforcing appointment times, whether pre-booked or those designated on the walk-in ticket.
  5. Please do not come upstairs to our suite until it is your designated flu clinic appointment time. FYI we have moved to suite 525 on the 5th floor.
  6. We will mark out spaces in our hallway to maintain social distancing.
  7. We will have more room to space out in our waiting room.

Thank you for your cooperation during this pandemic. Our goal is to protect as many children as possible from the flu, while keeping them safe from COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Blue Fish Pediatrics

Dear Blue Fish Katy Parents,

Beginning with our Katy flu clinic this Saturday, 10/10, we would like to announce immediate changes we will be implementing to better accommodate all families attending.  Please note that we moved to Suite 150 on the first floor of our building.

We want to limit COVID-19 exposure by reducing the number of patients in and around the building by doing the following:

  1. We ask that only one parent initially come to the walk-in sign-up for the flu clinic. Have the family wait in the car until the designated appointment time on the ticket.
  2. Walk-in parents will be greeted at the buildings’ exterior doors and handed a flu clinic packet to be completed in the car, along with their designated flu clinic (same day) appointment time which will be printed on a ticket handed to the parent.
  3. We will be strictly enforcing appointment times printed on each ticket.
  4. Each ticket will have a QR code so that you can submit your childrens’ information online.
  5. We will have more room to space out in our waiting room.

Please be aware that you may have to wait outdoors until your appointment time.

You can fill out this waiver for each person receiving the flu shot at this Saturday’s flu clinic:
https://bluefishmd.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Flu-Vaccine-Waiver-2020-2021.pdf

Thank you for your cooperation during this pandemic. Our goal is to protect as many children as possible from the flu, while keeping them safe from COVID-19.

Sincerely,
Blue Fish Pediatrics Katy