Influenza Circulating In Community

As you may know, influenza is widely circulating in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), once influenza activity has been documented in the community or geographic area, testing each patient who presents with signs and symptoms of influenza is unnecessary. Providers are encouraged to use clinical judgement when making treatment decisions and a clinical diagnosis of influenza can be made based on presenting symptoms.

 Furthermore, rapid influenza tests have a low sensitivity when influenza activity is high. This means that a negative result is an inconclusive result, it does not mean the patient does not have influenza. Only a positive test can be helpful to determine when a patient who has symptoms of influenza actually has influenza.

 Remember, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. If your child has not had their flu vaccine yet, ask us today!

Saturday Flu Clinic September 16, 2017

This fall, we are offering flu shots, but not the nasal “FluMist” product. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have recommended that the nasal vaccine not be given this year due to concerns related to ineffectiveness. While we know that many of our patients prefer the nasal vaccine as opposed to “getting stuck,” Plateau Pediatrics is committed to following vaccine recommendations and only offering safe and effective vaccines.

The flu vaccine is still recommended and we have doses in stock for patients ages 6 months and up. Your child can get a flu shot as part of a regular office visit or at our upcoming Saturday Flu Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Please call us (931) 707-8700 to schedule your child’s appointment.

We have posted a list of frequently asked questions about flu vaccines, including who should get the vaccines, how many doses children need, and how far apart doses need to be.

Please note that most insurances, including the various TennCare plans, do cover the cost of the administration of flu vaccines.