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ADDITIONAL OPENINGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR OUR DRIVE-THRU FLU CLINIC
 
Because of COVID-19, our flu vaccine clinics will be run a little differently this year.  Please make sure to read the FAQs and all the details listed below.  Please be patient as we adjust the flow of our usual vaccine clinics to accommodate the need for social distancing.  As a reminder, your child and family should not come to the clinic if you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
 
FAQ's about FLU VACCINE CLINICS
We know that flu vaccine time can be confusing – lot of rules, figuring out when and how to get your child vaccinated, etc!  We have heard from several of you in the past week so want to share with you some information that hopefully will be helpful to all!  We also are continuing to add more slots to our clinics so keep on checking the sign-up.  Thank you!!
-- My child is less than 9 years of age.  Does he need a booster dose or second dose of Flu vaccine this year?
If your child has received at least TWO DOSES of Flu vaccine EVER before July 1, 2020, he only needs one dose of the 2020-21 Flu vaccine.  The past doses do not need to have been received during the same or consecutive seasons. 
If your child has only received one or no doses of Flu vaccine before July 1, 2020, he needs to receive TWO doses of the Flu vaccine, given at least 4 weeks apart.
 
-- This is the first year that my child will be getting a flu vaccine.  Is there anything special I need to do?
If your child has NEVER received a flu vaccine (either in past years OR this year), then please sign up for one of the week-day flu clinic times.  These clinics take place in our office space so that we can make sure that your child does not experience any rare adverse reaction the first time they ever receive a flu vaccine.
 
-- My child is scheduled for his physical soon.  Can he get the Flu vaccine then?
Yes, we can administer the flu vaccine to your child during most check-ups and some sick visits.
 
-- I signed up for one of the flu vaccine clinics, but then my child received his Flu vaccine during our office appointment.  What do I need to do?
If your child receives his flu vaccine in the office before your flu clinic time, please CANCEL your scheduled flu clinic time through your confirmation email so that the slot will be available for another patient to use.
 
-- One of my children is less than 3 years old, and I plan to sign him up for one of the weekday morning flu vaccine clinics.  My other child is over 3 years old.  Can I sign up both children to get their vaccines at the weekday clinic?
Our Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning flu vaccine clinics are reserved for our patients less than 3 years old.  BUT if your other child is over three, it is okay to sign both up for weekday slots.
 
-- My child is a new patient of Piedmont Pediatrics but has not had his first appointment there yet.  Can I still use the Flu vaccine clinics?
Unfortunately, all new patients must have had a visit with a doctor in the office before signing up for the flu vaccine clinics.  If he is a new patient (even if a sibling has already been seen), please call and make an appointment with one of our doctors for a new patient visit during regular office hours.  The doctor will review your child’s past medical history and then will give him the flu vaccine during that visit. 
 
-- I tried to sign my child up for a flu vaccine clinic on your website but there are no time slots available.  What do I do?
Keep on checking the website for availability as other patients may cancel their slots.  We are also planning to add additional slots to vaccine clinics so more slots will open up!  If you have other questions about availability or the vaccine clinics, please call our office.

 
If your child is in the office for a scheduled visit during regular hours, it is likely that he can receive the flu vaccine then.  For all other patients, you MUST sign up for each child for a flu vaccine clinic through our websitePlease make sure to come to the clinic at the specific time you signed up for as we are limiting the number of patients at the clinic at any time.
 
We will have Saturday “drive-through” flu vaccine clinics on Saturdays from 11 AM – 3 PM, starting on September 12th and running until October 24th. These Saturday clinics will be in the parking area located behind the building at 2001 Peachtree Road (next to the Piedmont Fitness Center and across the street from the main hospital).  When you sign up for these days, you will sign up for a 15-minute block of time; again, please come to your scheduled time only. Also, please make sure you specify on the website sign-up if your child receives the Flu Shot or FluMist, as their vaccine screening questions differ.

We also have reserved the following additional vaccine clinic times for our patients UNDER three years of age, starting September 14th:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 am – 11 am – This clinic is also reserved for any patient who is getting their first Flu Shot EVER.  These clinics will take place in our Allergy clinic space on our floor (Suite 4030). 
 
And yes, we do have a limited supply of Flumist this year.  The CDC and AAP recommend that EITHER shot or mist be given to eligible patients this season, and do not prefer one over the other.  Flumist can be given only to children over 2 years of age without other chronic health problems, including asthma, wheezing within the past 12 months, cochlear implants, or immunosuppression.  Flumist is a live virus vaccine, so can not be given if your child has received either MMR or Varivax vaccine within the past 4 weeks or has received Tamiflu or Xofluza in the past 48 hours. 
 
Both Flu shots and Flumist can be given to children with an egg allergy.  However, if your child has had an allergic reaction to eggs that involved more than hives, please talk to your child’s doctor before signing up for the flu clinic, as your doctor may want to schedule the vaccine during regular office hours.  Please also note that we use multi-dose vials for our injectable flu shots; these vials contain a trace amount of thimerosal.  Our doctors do not believe there is any harm in this and recommend it without hesitation.  Piedmont Pediatrics will not call in flu vaccines to pharmacies for our patients, as we can not know if the pharmacy staff is equipped and trained to care for any adverse reactions that may occur.
 
Please keep an eye on our website and social media as we will post any updates there.  And let’s all make sure to get our flu vaccine this year!
 

Directions to Piedmont Pediatric's
Drive-Thru FLU CLINIC 
at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
(2001 Building)

The Flu Clinic location is in the parking area behind the 2001 Building, across the street from Piedmont Atlanta Hospital's main campus.
 
From the South on I-75/85
  • Take I-75 North to exit 251A, 17th Street.
  • Turn Right onto 17th Street.
  • Turn Left onto W Peachtree St NE.
  • Veer to the right onto US-19 N/Peachtree St.
  • Drive-Thru Testing is approximately one mile on your right.
 
From the North on I-75
  • Take I-75 South to exit 252, Howell Mill Road/Northside Drive.
  • Exit at Howell Mill Road.
  • Turn left onto Howell Mill road.
  • Turn right at the second traffic light onto Collier Road.
  • Turn left onto Peachtree Rd.
  • Drive-Thru Testing is on your right.
 
From the North on I-85
  • Take I-85 South to exit 86, Highway 13-S/Peachtree St.
  • Travel approximately two and a half miles.
  • Exit onto US 19-N/ Peachtree St./Buckhead.
  • Turn right onto Peachtree St. and go approximately one mile.
  • Drive-Thru Testing is on your right.
 
From the North on GA 400
  • Take GA 400 South to Exit 1, Sidney Marcus Boulevard.
  • Turn left onto Sidney Marcus Boulevard and get in the right lane.
  • Turn right at the first traffic light onto Highway 13 South.
  • Travel approximately two and a half miles.
  • Exit onto US 19-N/ Peachtree St./Buckhead.
  • Turn right onto Peachtree and go approximately one mile.
  • Drive-Thru Testing is on your right.
 
From I-20
  • Take I-20 towards downtown Atlanta to exit 57, I-75/85 North.
  • Continue on I-75 North to exit 251A, 17th Street.
  • Turn Right onto 17th Street.
  • Turn Left onto W Peachtree St NE.
  • Veer to the right onto US-19 N/Peachtree St.
  • Drive-Thru Testing is approximately one mile on your right.



 
 
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