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It is the primary mission of The ChildHealth Center, PA to provide your child with the best pediatric medical care possible. As Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), our physicians are on top of today's' emerging child health and developmental issues. Whether you need acute medical attention, childhood immunization and wellness exams, or a growth, behavioral or developmental evaluation, our practitioners stand ready to serve you. At The ChildHealth Center, PA, we count it a privilege to help care for your child's health! It is our goal to provide the highest quality of pediatric care available anywhere.
Monday through Friday: 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am until 10:00 am
Sunday, December 1 to March 31: 8:00 am until 10:00 am
Closed: Easter Sunday, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day,
New Year's Day, and Sundays Spring through late Fall.
Even when the office is closed, a practitioner is on call to answer questions that cannot wait until the office reopens. The practitioner can be reached by calling the operator at Frye Regional Medical Center at 828-315-5000.
Located at: 1455 25th Avenue Dr. NE, Hickory, NC 28601
Flu vaccines are available to currently established patients, and are available by appointment only, either during one of our flu immunization clinics or at a scheduled well visit or recheck appointment. (We do not have sufficient staff to give flu vaccines at a sick visit appointment.) Please call our office during regular weekday business hours to schedule an appointment. Also please note that if your child is 6 years of age or older, there may be other vaccines he or she is also due. We encourage you to schedule annual well visits for your child so we can make certain all necessary immunizations are up to date.
ALL children, from ages 6 months to 18 years, should receive a flu immunization, unless they have a significant allergy to eggs.
There are two types of flu vaccine--the traditional shots and Flumist, which is a live virus given via a nasal spray.
Flu shots are approved for all individuals who are 6 months of age and older, unless they are allergic to eggs or have had a life-threatening reaction to previous influenza vaccinations. The vaccine should be given on a day when a child is well and is NOT ill with fever or wheezing. We will use our supply of single dose vaccines, which do not contain preservative, first. Once that supply is depleted, we will switch to multi-use vials which contain a very small amount of preservative. There is no medical evidence that preservatives cause any problem at all, and specifically have no link to autism.
We do have a limited supply of Flumist, which is a live vaccine that is administered by squirting a small amount of solution into each nostril. Some research has shown that Flumist may work better than the flu shot, and it may provide protection longer into the season. In order to receive Flumist, children must be at least 24 months of age, and have no allergy to eggs, gentamicin, gelatin or arginine. Also, people should not receive Flumist if they have a history of life-threatening reactions to previous influenza vaccinations, receive aspirin or aspirin-containing therapy, or have a diagnosis of asthma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney or metabolic disease or immunodeficiency. Click here for a link to the Flumist website for more information.
Click here for a link to the Center for Disease Control website on flu.
Want to save some time at your child's next Well Visit?
Then just go to the Forms section on the menu to the left, print out and complete the appropriate history at your convenience, and bring them with you to the visit!
We are accepting new patients*
We accept a wide variety of insurance policies as well as Medicaid. Please contact our office if you have questions.
*We do not accept new patients who refuse immunizations.
Please visit our What's New? page for more information on our policy.
For seasonal Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics click here.
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Last modified: October 02, 2012