Seasonal Influenza vaccination INFORMATION 2016-2017

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Clinics

2016-2017

We continue to encourage influenza immunization for our patients and families.

This year you will have a choice of influenza immunizations for your child to receive. These choices of influenza immunization are depending on your child’s age.   Please read carefully so you can make an informed decision.

If your child is age 6months to  2 years of age:

         If your child is 6 months to 2 years of age, we will administer Quadrivalent inactivated vaccine (QIV) via intramuscular injection.

         QIV is provided by the Ministry of Health and there is no cost to the family. 

         If your child has not received a previous flu vaccine then he or she will require 2 doses of QIVgiven 1-2 months apart. 

         QIV  cannot cause Influenza or other viral illness as there are no live components to these vaccines.

         QIV  should not be administered to persons with known hypersensitivity to components of the vaccines or those with chicken or egg  hypersensivity without  consultation by their doctor.  They should not be given to children having acute febrile illness or untreated asthma .  

If your child is 2 years of age or older :

         If your child is 2 years of age or older he or she will receive QIV via intranasal mist  OR via intramuscular injection.   Both of these vaccines are given at no cost to the patient.   

         If your child has not received a previous flu vaccine then he or she will require 2 doses of  the  influenza vaccine  1-2 months apart. 

            If there has been a previous flu vaccination only one dose is given.

         Influenza vaccines should not be administered to persons with known hypersensitivity to components of the vaccines or those with chicken or egg  hypersensivity without  consultation by their doctor.  They should not be given to children having acute febrile illness or untreated asthma .  

Detailed information about seasonal flu and immunization is available at

https://www.ontario.ca/page/kids-and-flu-shot

Watch Protect your Family From  the Flu , a short animated video for families which helps to explain important reasons to get the Flu vaccine and addresses  some common myths about it . 

Important points include :

                       Vaccine recommended for all Ontario citizens greater than 6 months of age

                       Strong recommendation for all children 6months to 5 years of age in day care 
and preschool

                       Strong recommendation for all children with chronic respiratory problems 
including asthma

                       Strong recommendation for all children with heart problems, immunity disorders, 
children on steroids , with kidney disease and other chronic health conditions

                       Strong recommendation for family members and care givers of infants less than 
6 months of age and those who will give birth during the influenza season

              Previously unvaccinated children less than 9 years of age require two doses of 
Influenza vaccine with a minimum interval of four weeks between doses. Those who have been previously vaccinated with influenza vaccine are recommended to receive one dose. 
Influenza vaccination will be available at the Vaughan Pediatric Clinic during your child’s regular scheduled appointments and on special Influenza vaccine clinic dates. Flu vaccine clinics are held without appointment on a first come first served basis, only on the dates specified. Caregivers will be encouraged to receive Influenza vaccine along with their children.

It is mandatory for all vaccine recipients to present valid health cards on arrival.

You must print and complete  a  Patient information and consent form for each person to be vaccinated .  You and your child will not receive flu vaccine without prior completion of the form.  Please present the completed for upon your arrival .      

For a list of our  Influenza Vaccine dates  click here