September 21, 2018 – Patients with private insurance may now call and set up an appointment for their child to get the flu shot in one of our Flu Shot Clinics.
Private-Supplied Flu Vaccine
For patients who have private insurance, we have received our shipment of private flu vaccine and are beginning to administer those shots. (Private insurance is through a health insurance company such as BCBS, United Healthcare, Cigna, etc.)
State-Supplied Flu Vaccine
For some, flu vaccine is supplied by the State of North Carolina:
- Insured by Medicaid
- Native Americans or Native Alaskans
- Insured by a medical cost sharing plan
We have not received state-supplied flu vaccine, so we cannot begin vaccinating patients in these groups yet. We have no control over this and have no way to predict when we will receive it.
Check back here over the next few weeks. We will announce and start administering our state-supplied flu vaccine as soon as it arrives.
We dislike having two different flu vaccine start dates, but felt we simply have to begin with the vaccine that we have on hand.
Flu Shot Clinic
In an effort to prepare for the upcoming flu season with the goal of vaccinating as many of our patients as quickly as possible, Flu Shot Clinic is for getting flu shots only.
If you have other health concerns, call and make a regular appointment with one of our pediatricians.
We will also continue to vaccinate patients as they are seen in our office for routine visits.
FluMist Felt Not To Be Effective Again This Year
FluMist – the nasal spray flu vaccine – will unfortunately not be available again this year at RCAM.
You may be aware of reports that FluMist has returned as an option after being unavailable for 2 years due to concerns that is had become ineffective.
Infectious disease experts and the American Academy of Pediatrics are not yet convinced that the updated FluMist will be as effective as the Flu Shot. As a result, RCAM this year will only offer the shot version of the flu vaccine.
Decrease Your Chances of Catching a Bad Illness
Influenza illness – the Flu – can be very hard on the very young, the very old, and for those with certain underlying conditions like diabetes and asthma.
It can also be a very bad illness for anyone – regardless of health – so we recommend flu vaccine for just about all of our patients.
Decrease your family’s chances of catching the flu. Call RCAM 919-781-7490 to get your child’s Flu Shot.