Flu vaccine 2016

Here’s the low-down on this year’s Flu vaccination:

Due to nearly complete inefficacy, we will NOT be offering the FluMist (nasal spray). We recommend even if you are offered the Mist, that you not get it since it did not protect people for the last 2-3 flu seasons.

For now, plan to delay Flu Vaccination until Mid-October since the flu season the past two years has been quite late (extending into March and April) and the vaccine only reliably works for roughly 4 months.

We will only be providing flu vaccine to our patients who are under 3 years of age. This is because most pharmacists don’t feel comfortable giving injections to kids at this age and we are unable to obtain enough shot at this late date to make up for all the doses of fluMist we usually give to the older children.

Please check with your pharmacy to see if a prescription is needed prior to getting the flu shot there.  If the pharmacy requires a prescription, please call our office and we will be happy to print one for you to pick up.


Auvi-Q Recall

There has been a nationwide recall of Auvi-Q from Sanofi.  Per their website “Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi‑Q® (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi‑Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery.

If you have an Auvi-Q prescription from us, please call our office and we will prescribe an alternative.

Auvi-q recall


2015 Flu Vaccine Update!

We are currently scheduling flu shot appointments, but only for children under 2 years of age. If you have a child under two years old, call our office and we can schedule a visit for your child to receive a flu shot. If your child is over the age of two, we recommend that you call your local pharmacy. Individual pharmacies and pharmacists have varying age restrictions for each flu vaccine preparation. As a result, please call your area pharmacy to verify whether they will vaccinate your child. Be aware that supplies of the FluMist are limited this year due to delays in production and shipment so many pharmacies are already out of the mist.

 


Local Families Push for Proposed Children’s Hospital

Our very own Dr. Heyman is helping in the fight to get RVA a free standing Children’s Hospital. WRIC recently ran a story highlighting the need for this in our area. Follow the link below to watch the story:

Click here to view news story


Remembering Thomas P. Overton, M.D.

The family of the late Thomas P. Overton, M.D., will hold a memorial service at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 2315 N. Parham Road, on Saturday, November 22, 2014. All are welcome to attend this service honoring Dr. Overton. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, The Richmond SPCA, or The Richmond Animal League.


FluMist Supply Depleted

Due to a nationwide distribution problem with the quadrivalent flu vaccine, our normal shipment of FluMist, that was pre-booked in January, we will not be receiving in its entirety.  We only received a small amount of the FluMist and we have depleted our supply of FluMist.  We will not be receiving any more FluMist for the season.  The providers still recommend that the flu vaccine be given and strongly recommend the FluMist over the Flu Shot where applicable due to the longer efficacy.  We will be happy to provider your child with a prescription for the FluMist which you will need to pick up and take to a local pharmacy to be administered.  If you would like to pick up a written prescription, please call our office directly.  Thank you for your understanding of this issue that was out of our control.


The Passing of Dr. Overton

It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Thomas Overton.  He was one of our founding partners and although he had been retired for some time, he will be greatly missed.  Please view his obituary by clicking here.

 


Flu Shot and FluMist Supply Update

We would like to update you on the flu shot and flu mist information.  There has been a NATIONWIDE distribution problem regarding the Quadivalent flu vaccine, which is the vaccine that we use.  Due to this delay in distribution, we have only received a small number of flu mist vaccines for this season.  Since we know that it is important for your child to be properly immunized against the flu, we recommend that children over the age of 2 years old go to a local pharmacy to receive the flu mist.  Due to the increased efficacy of the flu mist vs the flu shot, we recommend the mist for all children over the age of 2 years.  A prescription from us will be necessary in order for the pharmacy to administer the flu mist.  Please call our office to request a prescription and we will be happy to have this ready for you to pick up at one of our locations.  Prescriptions for the flu vaccine will not be faxed and must be picked up in person from our office.

If your child is between the ages of 6 months and 2 years, the flu shot is required and can be scheduled at our office at this time.  Please call our office directly to schedule this appointment with the lab.  If your child has never received the flu vaccine, then a second shot will be required after 30 days.


Motrin Infant Recall

The manufacturers of Motrin have announced a recall on the Concentrated Motrin Infant Drops, Original Berry flavor in the half-ounce bottles.  The lot numbers are DCB3T01, DDB4R01 and DDB4S01.  Please call 877-414-7709 with any questions.


FluMist Vaccine Update

We have finally received our shipment of FluMist vaccines and we are ready to begin scheduling for FluMist for children 2 and older beginning October 1st (We are not scheduling for the flu shot yet). For children 6 months to 24 months, or those children with health issues that will not allow them to get the FluMist, or for anyone that is around an immuno-compromised family member, we will be offering the Flu shot to be scheduled near the end of October or early November and will update the website as soon as we are ready to begin scheduling for flu shot. If your child is under 8 years old and has never had the flu vaccine, he/she will need to have a primer vaccine then a booster 30 days later. Please call our office to schedule your appointment for the FluMist.