At Raleigh Pediatric Associates, we believe in the effectiveness of vaccines in order to prevent serious illness and save lives. To learn more, please read our immunization policy.

General Information on Immunizations

Reliable information on immunizations available on the internet:

Flu Vaccine Information

The flu vaccine is recommended for all children starting at the age of six months. It is especially important to vaccinate children with asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, certain blood disorders, diabetes, and any child with a weakness of the immune system.

Influenza is a viral illness, most common in the winter months, in which patients develop high fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, and nausea, often with a sore throat, nasal congestion, and cough. It is caused by the influenza virus, which changes slightly with each annual season. High attack rates occur among school-aged children and their family contacts. A nasal swab done in the office can detect the influenza virus.

Prevention of influenza is best accomplished by good hygiene, including regular hand-washing and avoidance of those with symptoms of influenza.

The influenza vaccine is about 80% effective in preventing illness and has minimal side effects. Children under the age of 9 years who are getting the vaccine for the first time should receive two doses a month apart.

In the event of developing symptoms of influenza, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible since antiviral medications such as Tamiflu can be very effective in lessening the duration of the influenza symptoms if taken in the first 48 hours of symptoms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics as well as Raleigh Pediatric Associates continues to recommend a seasonal flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older.

Office Locations

Raleigh office

1921 Falls Valley Drive Raleigh, NC 27615
phone: (919) 872-0250

fax: (919) 848-3054

Office Hours

Mon-Fri*: 8:00am–5:00pm

Closed from 12:45–1:45pm for lunch.

Sat & Sun: 8:00am–11:00am

urgent matters by appt only

*Wednesdays, we begin seeing patients at 9:30am.

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Garner office

1405 Timber Drive East Garner, NC 27529
phone: (919) 779-6423

fax: (919) 662-2021

Office Hours

Mon-Fri*: 8:00am–5:00pm

Closed from 12:45–1:45pm for lunch.

Sat & Sun: 8:00am–11:00am

urgent matters by appt only

*Wednesdays, we begin seeing patients at 9:30am.

Request appt.