The Flu

Flu is the short term for influenza. It is an illness caused by a respiratory virus. The flu is passed person to person. When someone with the flu coughs or sneezes, the influenza virus gets into the air, and people nearby, including children, can inhale it through the nose or mouth.

The best way to protect against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Another way to keep germs from spreading is to wash your hands. As early as possible, get your child into the habit of washing her hands often and thoroughly.

The flu season usually starts in the fall and ends in the spring.

For more details on illness prevention and the flu, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, click HERE.

Click the “Play Button” below to watch videos from our providers on flu prevention, symptoms and treatment tips.

Influenza Symptoms and How to Recognize

What To Expect at a Flu Visit

Flu 2019/2020

We will begin giving flu vaccines at well visits (insurance and supply dependent) starting on September 3rd, 2019. Siblings are also able to receive the flu vaccination at these well visits. Please remember, we cannot provide flu vaccines during sick visits or in our walk-in clinic.

If you do not have a scheduled well visit coming up this fall, in order to assure that your children get their flu vaccination this season, please call or email to schedule your appointment.

If you email, be sure to list: Your child’s name(s), date(s) of birth, and your first two choices of clinic dates.

(If our flu clinic dates have passed and your child still needs a flu shot, please call our office at 410-263-6363.)

If you have a scheduled flu clinic appointment for one of our upcoming clinics (dates are listed below), please see our Flu Clinic Checklist below in order to have the most smooth experience.

Flu Clinic Checklist:

1. Please leave strollers and carriers in your car.
2. Dress your child in clothing that allows easy access to your child’s arm or leg.
3. Fill out the consent ahead of time for quicker service (provided in English and Spanish)
4. If you are bringing multiple children to the appointment, consider reinforcements (grandma, dad, etc!). It can be difficult to hold and comfort one child while keeping track of others.
5. If your child has already received their flu shot in the office during their well-child exam, please cancel your flu clinic appointment.
6. If your child is sick with a fever on the day of the visit, please call and cancel.

Additional notes and reminders about our flu clinics:

  • Flu clinics are for Annapolis Pediatrics’ patients only.
  • All flu clinic appointments must be pre-scheduled ahead of time, except for our Tuesday evening flu visits in Crofton.
  • Flu clinic visits are meant to be “in and out”. Your child will be seen by a nurse, not a provider.
  • Your child can still get the flu shot if they are allergic to eggs, but we will have you wait in the office for 15 minutes after administration, just to be extra cautious.
We appreciate your cooperation in order to make our flu clinics as smooth and efficient as possible. 

2019 Flu Clinic Dates and Locations:

(Pre-scheduled appointments only)

September 14th (Saturday) Crofton: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

September 18th (Wednesday) Kent Island: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

September 23rd (Monday) Severna Park: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

September 28th (Saturday) Annapolis: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

October 3rd (Thursday) Edgewater: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

October 12th (Saturday) Annapolis: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

October 17th (Thursday) Kent Island: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

October 26th (Saturday) Severna Park: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

November 2nd (Saturday) Edgewater: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

November 16th (Saturday) Annapolis: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Can’t make one of our pre-scheduled flu clinic dates above? NEW OPTION BELOW!

(No appointment needed, Crofton location only)

Tuesday nights in Crofton, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Every week from October 1st – November 26th

(Our Tuesday evening walk-in clinics in Crofton have ended. If your child still needs a flu shot, please call our office at 410-263-6363.)

Reminder, ALL flu clinics are for pre-existing patients only!

To schedule a flu clinic appointment, 
call 410-263-6363 or email
starting August 28th at 5:30 PM.

*We will only be giving the injectable flu vaccine at our scheduled flu clinics this year.

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