Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Policy
Bear Pond Medicine & Pediatrics offers the flu vaccine at our offices. We strongly encourage everyone to get a flu vaccine, especially those with asthma, other respiratory issues, and chronic illnesses.
We receive our Flu vaccine shipments around October each year and start scheduling visits as soon as possible. Pediatric patients 6 months to 8 years must receive two (2) doses, 30 days apart, if they have NEVER received a flu vaccine in a previous year.
Please note that our office can be limited on the number of vaccines received directly from the pharmaceutical companies given the nationwide demand — so please contact our office early in the fall to ensure you can obtain our annual flu vaccine from our office.
Flu vs Cold
It can be very difficult to tell the difference between the flu and a common cold, but hopefully after reading this you can recognize the difference between the two!
Influenza (the flu) is a seasonal illness that can be easily passed to family members, friends and anyone with which you come into close contact. It is an illness that infects the nose, throat, and lungs.
Influenza season typically begins in the fall, but can be most severe in the winter and spring months.
The chart below shows you the difference between symptoms of the flu vs a cold: