Flu Vaccine

Get your FLU VACCINE by HALLOWEEN!

Concord Pediatrics has flu vaccine for the 2020-2021 season!  Get your child vaccinated at their next appointment (siblings welcome too!). If your family does not have an appointment coming up we will be giving vaccines by appointment - call us today!

2020-2021 Flu Vaccine: By Appointment Only. Call us at (603) 224-1929 today!

Flu Vaccine Tips:

  • Have your child wear a loose short sleeve T-shirt or tank top. Take off any jackets or sweatshirts before you enter the waiting room. Less hassle and less waiting means less time for your child to worry about getting a shot.
  • You know your child best- but most children do well with some advance notice that they are coming in for an immunization/shot. A last minute surprise often does not go over well. On the other hand, too much build-up and focus on the shot can also be difficult for some kids.

What is the flu?

Flu is the short term for influenza. It is an illness caused by a respiratory virus (fever, congestion, cough). The flu can spread rapidly through communities, as the virus is passed person to person. Please note this is different (and is more severe) than a viral stomach (vomiting and diarrhea) illness which some people call "the stomach flu."

Flu symptoms include:

  • A sudden fever (usually above 101°F or 38.3°C)
  • Chills and body shakes
  • Headache, body aches, and being a lot more tired than usual
  • Sore throat
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Stuffy, runny nose
  • Some children may throw-up (vomit) and have loose stools (diarrhea).

After the first few days of these symptoms, a sore throat, stuffy nose, and continuing cough become most evident. The flu can last a week or even longer. A child with a common cold usually has only a low-grade fever, a runny nose, and only a small amount of coughing. Children with the flu—or adults, for that matter—usually feel much sicker, achier, and more miserable.

How is flu different from COVID-19?

Both the flu (influenza) and COVID-19 are contagious and will be spreading this fall and winter. They have similar symptoms, so it can be hard to tell them apart. You can read more about the 2 different viruses, and the illnesses they cause here.

How can I prevent the flu?

Getting the flu vaccine each year is the best way to avoid the flu. Safe vaccines are made each year and the best time to get the flu vaccine is before the flu virus starts circulating in your community--in the late summer/early fall or as soon as it is on hand in your community.

You can find more information about influenza at healthychildren.org.

Which flu vaccine should my child get this season (2020-2021)?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year to update their protection. It is the best way to prevent getting the flu. Safe vaccines are made each year and the best time to get the flu vaccine is before the flu virus starts circulating in your community--in the late summer/early fall or as soon as it is on hand in your community.  

This year, the 2020-2021 influenza season, there are two types of influenza vaccines available. The first is what many people call the "flu shot." The second comes as a nasal spray for individuals over 2 years old. All vaccines available for children this season at Concord Pediatrics are quadrivalent (help a person fight 4 influenza virus strains). 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children 6 months of age and older receive an influenza vaccine, and both types of available flu vaccine (flu shot or nasal spray) can be given according to their indications, with no preference, for the 2020-2021 flu season. You can read more about the AAP recommendations here: "Which flu vaccine Should My Children Get This Year?"

Concord Pediatrics currently has the flu shot in stock and a limited supply of nasal spray (supply will vary as it is available from the State of NH). Please know that we will try our best to have both options available for our patients. However due to limited production/availability, please do not promise your child that they can get the nasal spray/mist without checking with us first! 

You can find more information about the Flu Vaccine at healthychildren.org and the CDC.