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Family Immunizations

Vaccines available to families or the community:

  • Influenza
  • Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis – “whooping cough”)

Influenza Immunization

Each year we offer influenza immunizations to everyone in order to provide the greatest protection to our patients and the general community.  We offer this on a walk-in, first-come first-served basis any time the office is open during influenza season.  To hear full details and the most current information about availability, please call 816-412-2917.

While our primary focus is on our patients, we offer the immunization to anyone who would like to receive it in order to better protect everyone.  This includes adults, children, the elderly, etc.  We follow the CDC and AAP guidelines and recommend that all children and adults over 6 months of age receive the influenza immunization each year.  The following individuals should definitely receive it, as they are at higher risk:  all children ages 6 months to 18 years; anyone with a chronic illness such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic ear infections, anemia, etc; all expectant parents, and all children in daycare or school.  Family members of all of these people should also be immunized.  The only people for whom influenza immunization is not recommended are people severely allergic to eggs, people who have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine before (though we use preservative-free vaccine which significantly reduces reactions), and those with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome.  Otherwise, everyone is encouraged to receive it.

All of our influenza immunizations are preservative-free.  We provide Sanofi’s Fluzone® as the seasonal flu injection, and Medimmune’s FluMist® for nasal spray immunization.  Note that the nasal immunization has additional restrictions for its use.  The main limitations are that you cannot be pregnant, cannot have asthma, and must be 2-49 years old.  Everyone can receive the injectable.  Full vaccine information statements on each vaccine can be found by visiting www.immunize.org/VIS

In order to cover our costs, we will be charging $30 per vaccine, whether nasal or injectable.  Our patients have the option of having this billed to insurance using standard insurance rates (generally with no copay) or paying the flat rate.  Parents and others can pay by cash, check or credit card at the time of the immunization.

If you would like your child and/or your family to receive the influenza immunization from our office, simply walk in, sign a one-page permission form or the insurance authorization, pay the small fee (if applicable), and you will be on your way quickly and efficiently.  A single dose is needed for anyone nine years of age or older and anyone who has had a dose any time in the past.  Two doses are needed (one month apart) for children 6 months through 8 years old if it is the first year they have received influenza immunization, or if children that age did not receive at least one dose since 2010.  We encourage you to receive yours early to provide for the best protection during this flu season and before the supply runs out.

If you have any other questions please contact our office during regular business hours or our special influenza information line at 816-412-2917.  We wish you the best of health.

Tdap Immunization

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious threat to newborns and infants – often fatal.  Infants are not fully protected until they have received all four initial doses of vaccine (generally around 15 months of age).  Because of this, the best way to protect newborns and young infants is to ensure that everyone around them is immunized – a process known as “cocooning.”  To assist with this, we offer the vaccine to everyone.  As with influenza immunization, we cannot bill insurance, but we offer the vaccine at the discount rate of $45 payable by cash, check, or credit card at the time of the immunization.  A single dose is recommended for everyone 12 and older – if you have received the Tdap vaccine before, you do not need to receive it again.  The only exception is for pregnancy – it is recommended to be given once with each pregnancy for women.  If you would like to receive a Tdap vaccine from our office, you may walk in any time we are open.  Full information on the vaccine is available at www.immunize.org/VIS.