Northampton Area Pediatrics, LLP
193 Locust Street 
Northampton, MA 01060
413-584-8700
413-584-1714 (fax)

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Holiday Hours
2019
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28
9:00am to 12:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24
8:00am to 5:00pm

Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25
11:00am to 2:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

New Year's Eve
Tuesday, December 31
8:00am to 5:00pm

 

2020

New Year’s Day

Tuesday, January 1

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 17

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Independence Day (Observed)

Friday, July 3

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Labor Day

Monday, September 7

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Columbus Day

Monday, October 12

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26

9:00am to 12:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24

8:00am to 5:00pm

 

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25

11:00am to 2:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31

8:00am to 5:00pm

FLU VACCINE CLINICS 2018-2019

2018 - 2019 Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

Northampton Area Pediatrics recommends that all of our patients, over the age of 6 months, receive the injectable influenza vaccine this season.  This is also the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Flumist, the nasal spray form of the influenza vaccine, was taken off the market for the last two years because of data showing it gave inferior protection.   This year the flumist is being reintroduced but the data is not yet convincing that it is as good as the injectable vaccine and therefore NAP and the AAP are recommending the injectable vaccine.    We will have a limited supply of Flumist for those who feel that this is the only possible formulation their children can receive. 
Please call our office at (413) 584-8700 to make an appointment for the flu vaccine.  We do not have any more flu clinics for the rest of the season.  


Local and School Vaccination Programs

If your child receives a seasonal flu vaccination at school or at a local flu clinic, please tell us about it so that we can update your child's medical record.  Please use the NAP Patient Portal to message us so that this information goes directly into your child's chart.  If you are not portal enabled, please notify us of the flu vaccine by visiting Contact Us. Please note that pharmacies will typically not adminster flu vaccine to children (age 17 years and under).  

NAP is following the recommendation of the Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC and will still not be offering the nasal flu mist this year.  Recent studies show that flu mist has not been effective in preventing current strains of influenza while the injectable vaccine has been very effective.

How do I know if my child has a cold or the flu?

Symptom

Cold

Flu

Coughing

A hacking, productive cough (mucus- producing)

A non-productive cough
(non-mucus producing, dry cough)

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose that typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Not commonly present

Sneezing

Sneezing is common

Not commonly present

Sore Throat

Sore throat is common

Not commonly present

Fever

Not commonly present

Fever is usually present(temperature of 100°F or higher
for 3 to 4 days)

Aches

Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

Chills

Not commonly present

60% of people who have the flu experience chills.

Tiredness

Tiredness is fairly mild.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

Headache

Not commonly present

A headache is very common(present in 80% of flu cases)

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8:30am to 12:45pm

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