An Important Reminder

  • Please call the office to schedule a time for your child’s flu vaccine.
  • We strongly believe in immunizing our patients (beginning at 6 months of age) against influenza vaccine.  Young children (and the elderly) are most vulnerable to becoming very ill with influenza.   Children tend to spread disease because they come in contact with many other individuals every day.  Vaccinating decreases the risk that your child will become ill, or spread disease to others.  We encourage other family members to obtain vaccination against influenza from their physicians’ offices.
  • Children aged 6 months through 8 years need only 1 dose of vaccine in 2012–13 if they received a total of 2 or more doses of seasonal vaccine since July 1, 2010.  Children who did not receive a total of 2 or more doses of seasonal vaccine since July 1, 2010, require 2 doses in 2012–13.
  • We’d like to share with you some flu-related information distributed to the staff of Newton-Wellesley Hospital by Mark Drapkin, M.D., Associate Chief of the Infectious Diseases Service there and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.  Dr. Drapkin has given us permission to relay the information to you. Mark Drapkin, influenza letter 2012 

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