Help keep your family healthy this cold and flu season by ensuring everyone receives vaccines to help prevent the flu and whooping cough.
Everyone should receive a flu vaccine. It’s especially important for children ages 6 months and older to get vaccinated, as well as any household contacts and caregivers of infants younger than 6 months. It is especially beneficial for breast-feeding moms to receive the flu vaccine.
Because influenza viruses change, flu vaccines are updated yearly, which means you and your child must get a flu vaccine each year. Also, children who have never received the vaccine will need two doses the first year.
Whooping Cough (Tdap) Vaccine
Whooping cough spreads easily and can cause severe illness and even death. It is especially dangerous for infants under 6 months of age who are too young to be well-protected by vaccines for whooping cough. The Tdap vaccine is recommended for all adults – including pregnant women – as well as teens and preteens, to protect you from whooping cough and its serious symptoms, which can last as long as 10 weeks or more.
Getting a Flu or Whooping Cough (Tdap) Vaccine
If you or your child(ren) have not received an annual flu vaccine or need a whooping cough (Tdap) booster (once every 10 years), we’ve listed several options for you:
- If your child’s medical home is with a Children’s Physicians provider, please schedule a visit with your office and they will ensure all members of the family are protected.
- New, this year, Children’s Physicians is offering flu vaccines to any adult accompanying a child for a flat fee.
- Log on to Children’s Connect to schedule an appointment time.
- Call your primary care provider’s office to schedule appointments for you and your family.
- Visit the Walgreens located at 90th and Dodge Streets to take advantage of their walk-in services.
- Visit any One World Community Health Center or Charles Drew Health Center. These locations offer vaccines on a sliding-fee scale based on your family’s income.