These continue to be unprecedented and challenging times for all of us. As we move towards the fall and schools and daycares reopen in different capacities, we are entering a new period of uncertainty with regards to coronavirus and how it will affect our children. The fall and winter typically bring a significant increase in transmission of many common childhood illnesses. The intersection of these illnesses with the continuing community prevalence of coronavirus is going to be a new chapter in this pandemic.
The possibility of influenza running rampant in the community at the same time we are facing continuing cases of coronavirus worries us all. We need to do everything we can to prevent the children in our community from facing this uncertain situation.
The best measure we have to protect our children is to get them vaccinated against influenza and to do it as soon as possible. To that end, we at PNP are starting our annual flu vaccine program with a renewed sense of urgency. This is not the time for hesitation or debate as to the benefit of vaccination against influenza. This is the time to take the steps needed to prepare for what is ahead of us.
1) For any patient who has a well visit scheduled in the month of December, we can vaccinate for flu at that time. We urge you to bring your other children in at the time of the physical so that they can also receive their flu vaccine. The siblings can be added to the schedule when you arrive in the office (no need to call ahead for these appointments).
2) For any patient in the office for a non-infectious reason (sprained ankle, rash, etc), we will offer you a flu vaccine during your appointment.
3) As always, masks are required for everyone ages 2 and up entering our office. We will continue to screen at the door to protect everyone and ask that if you have been recommended to quarantine OR if you have developed any symptoms consistent with Covid-19 that you call and reschedule your flu shot appointment per CDC recommendations.
If your child has not received their annual flu vaccine yet, please call the office to schedule a nurse visit.
We continue to strive to provide your children with the pediatric care we would expect for our own kids.
Please check our webpage at www.princetonnassaupediatrics.com for any changes and other useful information.