TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Pediatrician Dr. Timothy Snyder with Franciscan Physician Network said it's not too late for kids to get a flu shot.
Dr. Snyder said during his 30 + years in the medical field he has never observed as many anti-vaccine parents than now. He said getting a flu vaccine is a part of staying vigilant as we approach a long and dark winter but especially during COVID-19.
He believes people are more skeptical of the flu vaccine in part due to the misinformation that has surrounded the pandemic and COVID-19 but said parents shouldn't be blindsided by everything going on.
Dr. Snyder goes on to say as parents try to keep their kids safe while dodging COVID-19, a flu vaccine is one way they can ensure their kids are safe from the flu.
"There are more people now that are into holistic medicine and alternative remedies and, you know, to each its own but we've been using these vaccines for many, many years and we believe they are safe. I tell my patients, parents, I would never ask them to give their child a treatment I would not give my own children and they all have had all of their vaccines," said Snyder.
Dr. Snyder said between 2019 and early 2020 there were 188 deaths among children 18 and under from influenza B. He said doctors vaccinate as late as April.
Franciscan Health Physician Network in West Lafayette is administering flu shots for children ages six months to 18 years old this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The address is 915 Sagamore Parkway West, West Lafayette. Appointments are required, call (765) 463-5252 to schedule.
Children ages six months to 18 years old interested in receiving a flu shot do not have to be a current patient of Franciscan Physician Network. If you would like to have insurance billed, please bring insurance information for each child.
Available flu vaccines include Quadrivalent and Flublok. Appropriate charges will be applied if an insurance card is not presented. It is recommended patients dress appropriately to receive an easy administration of their vaccine.
Franciscan Physician Network is asking that if you or anyone in your household has had any exposure to COVID-19 or if you are experiencing any symptoms, please do not make an appointment at this time.