Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (2023-2024 Formula) available in our office. Call to schedule your appointment!
You have spent several months preparing the nursery for your bundle of joy including new furniture, curtains, paint, and a spanking new rocking chair just for you. That feeling of satisfaction shouldn’t lull you into a sense of complacency, though. Sorry, there is still much to do! You have the time before your little one comes home to complete a few more tasks, so we suggest 5 tips to prepare your home for a newborn.
When it comes to fighting COVID-19, we know there are many sources of information. We are grateful you trust us to give you the answers you need and the care your family deserves.
Our Approach to COVID-19 Vaccine
When you come to Towson Pediatrics, we want you to feel comfortable throughout the vaccine process. Here are a few things to get you started:
- On the day of your appointment, you will check in to our front desk as you do for a normal appointment.
- Children 6 months through 5 years of age can be vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech.
- We will ask you to view the CDC’s fact sheet and to sign a waiver or consent form.
- After check-in, you and your child may wait in the lobby. We kindly ask for your patience as you allow us to get your vaccine ready.
To be clear, the CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot this year. The most vulnerable are seniors over age 65 and young children with respiratory issues like asthma and illness which lowers immunity. There is more to understand about the 2022-2023 flu season: preparing your family.
Timing Of The Flu Season
The flu season starts in October, peaks in December through February and can last through May. Getting the flu shot for yourself and your family is best completed by the end of October. It takes two weeks for the immunity to kick in, so don’t wait until the flu is rampant in your area. Keep in mind, you can still get a shot late in the season.
This year, the flu could be severe. It has been reduced the last few years due to the COVID restrictions.
Flu Is A Serious Disease
Every year there are millions of cases, several hundred thousand hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths. In a normal flu season 40,000 deaths can occur. Many of those deaths are children.
Both Flu And COVID Will Still Be Around
Some people could have the flu and COVID at the same time this season, overwhelming our healthcare system. Get protected from both — it is possible to get both vaccines at the same time.
You need a specific vaccine to protect you from each virus. The flu shot won’t protect you from COVID and vice versa.
If you have a well care visit coming up, ask for both vaccines to be administered. Of course you can visit almost any pharmacy or other clinic to receive the shot.
Double Dose For First Time Flu Shots
If your child is receiving their first flu vaccine, they need to get two shots several weeks apart to boost their immunity. Talk to our staff at Towson Pediatrics about the specifics.
Know The Symptoms
The flu bug hits you quite suddenly. That is one of its telltale signs, whereas a cold usually comes on gradually.
Look for the following symptoms:
- Sore throat and cough
- Runny nose
- Muscle aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea
With COVID, strep and other respiratory illnesses coming at us during 2022-2023, here is a valuable chart to help you decipher the symptoms. Dr. Assaad may also want to conduct tests.
Keeping your family safe from illness is a parent’s responsibility. Protection is always easier than the treatment.
Contact Towson Pediatrics at (410) 769-8801 to make an appointment for a flu shot or if you have questions about the flu season and preparing your family.
Do you think alligators and crocodiles are the same? How about jam and jelly, or concrete and cement? These are examples of things that are similar but not the same. It is a roundabout way to get to our topic: the difference between pediatric physicals and well child visits. Both are necessary, somewhat similar, but NOT the same.
Towson Pediatrics’ is so excited to announce that we will be opening a second location in Harford County starting June 2022! Stay tuned for more information regarding our new office.
The CDC and AAP now recommend adolescents ages 12 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19, down from the previous authorized age of 16. The team at Towson Pediatrics is naturally excited with this development, as we recognize that children getting vaccinated will bring us one step closer to getting back to normal!
Read more about the safety, efficacy, and vaccine administration strategy for this new age group at the aappbulications.org.
Needles and doctors and pain, oh my! Such is the fear many children go through when it’s time to get their flu shot or some other important vaccination. How about you? Are you uneasy when it’s time to get a shot? If so, pay close attention to 6 tips to help children overcome their fear of shots, and it might help you too.
Flu season is here. Make sure you are informed with the best ways to protect your family.
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It’s Officially Flu Season in Towson!
Parents, now is the time to schedule your child’s influenza vaccination, more commonly referred to as a flu shot. To make an appointment with Towson Pediatrics, give us a call at (410) 769-8801 to speak with one of our scheduling consultants today.
Set your appointment early and beat the rush!