Banish the Flu: October's Your Shield Against Infection

Get the Whole Family Their Flu Shots Before the Sick Season Hits Hard!

According to the CDC, influenza (flu) viruses tend to spread their mischief during the fall and winter months, with their peak lurking between December and February. But don’t let their presence haunt you – fortify yourself in October for protection.

The flu is a formidable adversary, caused by influenza viruses, capable of leading to hospitalization or worse.

Ensure your protection for yourself and your loved ones with the flu vaccine, all in one convenient visit! Throughout October, Heartland & Panda Pediatrics are hosting all-ages drive-thru vaccine clinics. Secure your spot ahead of time to skip the line and receive your shot promptly.

Drive Thru Vaccine Clinics

Time: 1:30pm-4pm

Place: 1803 W 6th Street. 

Dates: 

  • 10/9
  • 10/13
  • 10/16
  • 10/20
  • 10/23
  • 10/27
  • 10/30

Scheduling your flu shot has never been easier! Just click the button below to book your slot. 

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Services

Primary Care

Our pediatricians provide high quality primary care from infancy to adolescence – evaluating physical, mental, emotional and social development

Pediatric Dentistry

  • Dental and oral health care including cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, fillings, sealants, and extractions

 

Mental & Behavioral Health

  • Mental and behavioral health services such as treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and more, as part of a whole-person treatment plan

 

Pharmacy & Medication Assistance

 

Healthy Futures

  • Community-based program that brings free comprehensive dental care to area schools

 

A Compass Project

  • Insurance eligibility assistance

 

Walk-In Clinic

  • Open every week day, Panda Pediatrics is the only walk-in clinic specializing exclusively in pediatric care in Lawrence.
  • Established patients can visit the walk-in clinic for non-emergent sick symptoms such as: ear infections, fever, cough, respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • The walk-in clinic is located at 1803 W 6th Street and is open to patients from 8am – 10am Monday – Friday
 
On Call & After Hours Service
  • After hours, patients can take advantage of our on-call service by calling  (785-842-4477). After calling, you will be directed to the On-Call Physician or, in some instances, the Children’s Mercy Hospital Nurse Triage line.
  • The CMH triage nurses are pediatric nurses with extensive training who will help answer your questions, or direct you to an after hours provider, should your child require one immediately. 

 

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Your Home for Whole-Person Health Care

Get all your health care needs met under one roof at Heartland Community Health Center. 

 
At Heartland, we provide quality and compassionate health care to all people – focusing on integrated, patient-centered care for all. We seek to expand access to health care, promote healthy lifestyles and build healthy communities.
 

Heartland Community Health Center offers primary care, dental, mental and behavioral health services to people of all ages. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances. Heartland also offers a sliding-fee scale, so everyone can have access to quality, affordable health care. 

Prevent Other Diseases with Adult Immunizations

Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.

All adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills, and not being able to care for family.

  • All adults need a seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine every year. Flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults.
  • Every adult should get a Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) or Tdap booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.

 

In addition to seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), you should also get HPV vaccine, which protects against the types of human papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause most cervical, anal, and other cancers, as well as genital warts. CDC recommends:

  • HPV vaccination for all preteens at age 11 or 12 years (can be given starting at age 9 years).
  • HPV vaccination for everyone through age 26 years, if not vaccinated already.

 

The hepatitis B vaccine is also recommended for all adults age 19 through 59 years. The vaccine provides protection from hepatitis B which can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death.

 

Vaccines for Adults Age 50 and Older

Almost 1 in 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. Your risk of shingles increases as you grow older. Additionally, over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older.

As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. This is why, in addition to seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), you should also get:

  • Shingles vaccine, which protects against shingles and the complications from the disease (recommended for healthy adults 50 years and older)
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), which protects against serious pneumococcal disease, including meningitis and bloodstream infections (recommended for all adults 65 years or older, and for adults younger than 65 years who have certain health conditions)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), which protects against serious pneumococcal disease and pneumonia (recommended for all adults with a condition that weakens the immune system, cerebrospinal fluid leak, or cochlear implant)

 

Adults 65 years or older who have never received a dose of PCV13 and do not have one of the conditions described above may also discuss vaccination with their vaccine provider to decide if PCV13 is appropriate for them.

In addition, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all adults age 19 through 59 years, and adults age 60 years or older with risk factors for hepatitis B infection. Adults aged 60 years or older without any known risk factors for hepatitis B infection may get the hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine provides protection from hepatitis B which can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death.

Heartland participates in the Increase the Reach program. This Increase the Reach grant program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $79,278,482 with 100 percent funded by the CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by theCDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/. v10-01-2021