Flu Vaccines will be offered to all eligible patients if they are in the office for a scheduled visit and through our vaccine clinics.
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To see weekly updates on flu vaccine availability, see Flu Vaccine Availability.
We will offer FluMist and injectable vaccines as they are available to the appropriately aged and eligible patients. The vaccines do not contain latex or thimerosal.
Dr. Stuppy has summarized the AAP Flu Vaccine Recommenations.
Flu Vaccine Clinic Information:
- We are excited to announce that this year Pediatric Partners will be offering influenza vaccine in drive thru clinics in addition to when patients are being seen in our offices. We will have alternate plans in place in case of inclement weather.
- Clinics will be offered at our Overland Park and Olathe locations. Either location can be used, regardless of where your primary office is.
- As we receive our influenza vaccine supply and secure staffing we will release dates of new clinics. The dates will be available in the portal as soon as they are scheduled. If you do not see dates, that means there are no open dates.
- Patients who do not have insurance or have Medicaid will be using VFC supplied vaccines. These are separate from the vaccine supply we purchase for those with commercial insurance. The vaccines are of equal quality, the only difference is how we get the vaccine. Availability of the vaccine supplies will vary based on insurance due to this. This will be identified on the sign up. We are not allowed to "share" vaccine between VFC and private stock.
Please be patient as we continue through this season.
- If you cannot get into the scheduled clinics, watch for new dates to be scheduled.
- We will also be vaccinating whoever is eligible when they are in for scheduled visits. Many of our patients, especially those between 6 months and 15 months because they are seen so often, are able to use their well visits to get vaccinated against influenza. This decreases the total number of patients who will require the flu vaccine clinics.
- Please do not call to ask when more clinics will be offered. Our staff will not know. It is dependent upon availability and as soon as the clinics are scheduled, they will be in the portal and announced.
- Our first several vaccine clinics always fill quickly, but we anticipate being able to vaccinate most of our patients prior to Halloween, which is the standard recommendation. If you are not able to be vaccinated prior to Halloween, it is still recommended to get the vaccine as soon as you can. Remember that our flu season generally starts in January, so there's plenty of time!
Who is eligible for flu vaccine clinics?
- Vaccine will be available for patients over 6 months of age who are up to date on well visits and have been seen in the office in the last 15 months.
- Patients MUST have a current credit card and updated insurance information on file.
- You will get a text prior to the clinic to confirm your appointment. All appointments must be confirmed. This will "order" tasks for you to complete. These questions MUST be answered prior to going to the vaccine clinic. Failure to do so would slow the process for everyone, so if the surveys are not completed prior to arrival the vaccine cannot be given.
- Each patient must be registered separately to receive the flu vaccine and will need an individual survey completed.
- If a patient is not cooperative or does not meet our criteria as listed above, we reserve the right to deny providing the influenza vaccine.
Who is not eligible for our vaccine clinics?
- EGG ALLERGY patients will not be able to be vaccinated in our drive thru flu clinic so we can better manage potential complications.
- In office flu appointments will be available for patients with a history of egg allergy.
- Please request an appointment through patient portal if your child has an egg allergy.
- We will not vaccinate any drivers for their safety.
- Teens and young adult patients must be accompanied by a parent driver to receive the flu vaccine.
- Any patient who is not up to date on their well visits. For most this means a well visit within the past 12 months.
- We recognize that some athletes wait past 12 months to meet the requirement of sports forms, so if your athlete is not up to date but has a plan to get to yearly well visits, we will make exceptions.
- If your child has not had an age appropriate well visit (physical exam) in the past 12-15 months, schedule a well visit rather than a flu vaccine. The vaccine can be given at the well visit as long as it is in stock.
- If a patient is not cooperative or does not meet our criteria as listed above, we reserve the right to deny providing the influenza vaccine during our clinics.
How drive thru vaccine clinics work:
- Routes through our parking lots will be planned so you will drive through and not have to leave your car!
- All patients will remain in their car seat or seat belt.
- Everyone in the car over 2 years of age must wear a mask.
- Children over 4 years of age who will have the vaccine in their arm should wear short sleeves.
- Infants and young children who will receive the vaccine in their thigh should wear shorts or a skirt.
- The driver should NOT be getting vaccinated due to safety concerns. This is not the time to work on your teen getting driving hours.
- Vaccine charges will be submitted through insurance.
- Your Credit Card on File will be charged for self-pay accounts.
How to register
- Registration will be through the portal.
- Anticipate a text to confirm the appointment prior to the clinc date. It is important to use the link to confirm. If no link exists, call our office during business hours.
- If you log into the portal and there are no flu vaccine appointments available, it means that there are no spots available at this time. We will continue to open more spots as availability of vaccine and staff allow.
- Remember that our first several clinics always fill quickly, but we anticipate being able to vaccinate most of our patients prior to Halloween, which is the standard recommendation. If you are not able to be vaccinated prior to Halloween, it is recommended to continue to vaccinate as long as is needed.
- Our flu season generally starts in December or January, so there's plenty of time!
See our weekly Vaccine Inventory Update