UF Health Pediatrics: 2021-22 Flu Vaccine for Kids
The 2021-22 influenza vaccine is now available at all of our UF Health pediatric primary and specialty care practices in Gainesville, Ocala and Tallahassee.
Schedule an appointment
To schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine, please call one of the following:
- Pediatric Primary Care (CMSMagnolia Parke, Tioga, Tower Square): 352.265.2222
- Pediatric Primary Care (Millhopper): 352.265.3604
- Pediatric Primary Care (Ocala): 352.732.8955
- Pediatric Specialty Care: 352.265.PEDS (7337)
A few of our UF Health pediatric primary care practices are in the process of scheduling drive-through Flu Night events for already existing UF Health families (pediatric patients and caregivers). See below for dates/times and follow us on Facebook for additional updates.
- UF Health Pediatrics – Tower Square
Friday, October 22: 4-7:30 p.m.
Please contact your provider to schedule an appointment at this event.
Other Flu Events
In addition to Flu Nights, Pediatrics After Hours is also scheduling flu vaccine appointments on the following date:
- UF Health Pediatrics After Hours
Saturday, October 23: 9 a.m. to noon
Please contact your child’s primary care provider or Pediatrics After Hours directly to schedule an appointment. Follow us on Facebook for additional updates.
Why should my child get the flu vaccine?
With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind right now, it is important that we take the time to consider another risk to our health: Influenza or “The Flu.” Influenza, like COVID-19, is a respiratory virus that can cause severe illness and even death. Influenza is easily spread from person to person and, with children back in the classrooms, the spread is likely to be quicker.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that flu activity in Florida is currently rated as “moderate.” Although many schools are protecting their students with masks, this is not required in all schools and many children are not wearing masks during all activities. Luckily, there is a way that you can reduce your child’s risk of catching and transmitting the flu – the flu vaccine!
Is the flu vaccine safe for kids?
The flu vaccine is safe, effective and can be given at the same time as other routine vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine. With many of our hospitals at capacity right now due to COVID-19, we must do everything we can to limit additional hospital stays. Children who have received the flu vaccine are less likely to have severe illness or become hospitalized if they are to contract the influenza virus.
At what age can children receive the flu vaccine?
All children 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine each year. By getting the flu vaccine, you are not only protecting yourself, but also those around you who cannot receive the vaccine due to age or medical conditions. This flu season, please keep your family and community safe with the flu vaccine.