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10/1/21 news article

Dayton Children's encourages families to get flu vaccine by Halloween

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Dayton Children’s is encouraging everyone age 6 months and up to get their flu shot before October 31 to make the vaccine most effective. The key is to get the vaccine at least two to three weeks before the flu season begins in order to have optimal protection against it. 

“In the midst of the current pandemic with COVID-19, it is even more important to receive your flu vaccine this year,” said Lisa Ziemnik, MD, division chief of Dayton Children’s Kids Express and urgent care. “Many of the symptoms of COVID-19 in children are similar to the flu, especially the early signs, like fever. Once fever hits, we don't know if it is flu, COVID or another virus. Having the flu vaccine helps to decrease the likelihood that it is flu and helps us, as physicians, to best take care of each individual and overall keep more children healthy.”

3 places to get your child's flu vaccine

To get your child’s flu vaccine, parents have several options:

  • Call your child’s pediatrician (always the best option)
  • Go to Dayton Children’s pharmacy, main or south campus (ages 7 years - 21) 
  • Kids Express in Beavercreek, Springboro, West Chester or Mason (6 months to 21 years)

Anyone in the community is welcome to visit Dayton Children's main or south campus pharmacy any time it is open to receive the flu vaccination. For those wanting to visit Kids Express, parents can save their spot online by visiting Kids Express is open seven days a week. 



Kids Express - save your spot or walk in 7 days a week

Kids Express - Beavercreek - save your spot 

3301 Dayton-Xenia Rd. Suite 200, Beavercreek, OH, 45432

Kids Express - Springboro - save your spot

662 N. Main St , Springboro, OH, 45066

Kids Express - Mason - save your spot

8809 Wilkens Blvd., Mason, OH, 45040

Kids Express - West Chester- save your spot

7787 Cox Lane, West Chester, OH, 45069

Dayton Children's pharmacies - walk in only 

main campus pharmacy: 

One Children's Plaza, Dayton, OH 45404

Open 24 hours

south campus pharmacy:

3333 West Tech Road, Miamisburg, OH, 45342

Monday 6:00 am -10:00 pm

Tuesday 6:00 am -10:00 pm 

Wednesday 6:00 am -10:00 pm

Thursday 6:00 am -10:00 pm

Friday 6:00 am -10:00 pm 

Saturday and Sunday noon-10:00 pm. 

Lisa Ziemnik, MD, FAAP

program director urgent care
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