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Are you prepared for Flu Season?

Attention:

The Family Medical Center in Buffalo will be holding Flu Vaccine Clinics to reduce your wait time. You don’t need an appointment, just come on in.

Dates & Times:

September 28th, October 3rd and October 12th. 4p.m. – 6p.m.

Prices:

Pediatric Dose of Flu Vaccine – $47.00

High Dose of Flu Vaccine – $73.00

Regular Adult Dose of Flu Vaccine – $45.00

These prices include the injection fee, which some agencies bill separately. Flue Shots are 100% covered with most insurance. (Medicare and Medicaid).

Our nurses give you your shot, it’ll be filed in your medical record. We file your insurance for you, just like always.

When should I get vaccinated?

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. There are hundreds of varieties of influenza virus out there.

Manufacturers of the vaccine begin developing vaccine months before the flu season, and they target the strains of flu that are prevalent at the time they begin the process.  This is why sometimes, our flu vaccine isn’t very good at preventing us from getting the flu.  Last year’s vaccine didn’t stop a lot of the varieties of flu that arrived.

However, the CDC is predicting that this year, the vaccine will be targeted more specifically, and that it should keep most of us from getting the flu.  People should begin getting vaccinated ideally in October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.  The season can run from early fall to late spring, but usually is at its height in mid-winter.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.

Even if you think that you will be better off without vaccine, you need to remember that you can become ill and spread the virus (before you even know you are sick) to someone who’s immune system isn’t strong.  Safeguarding them from flu is especially important.   Some of the people who are at high risk for serious flu-related complications are the following:

People with asthma, diabetes,  heart disease and those who have had a stroke.       Adults who are over 65, pregnant women or  people who have HIV or AIDS, people who have cancer and children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old.

For these groups of people, sometimes the flu that you can easily fight off can be devastating for them.  This is part of the reason why we invite everyone to get their vaccine.

 

What should I do to prepare for flu season?

The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu soon after vaccine becomes available, preferably by October.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

Johnson County Healthcare Center annually sponsors Flu Vaccine Clinics at the Family Medical Center to expedite your wait times for a flu vaccine.

 

Where can I get more reliable information on Flu Vaccinations?

As we all know, there is a lot of information out there on the internet.  How can you know if what you are reading is reliable?

Some of the websites that we use frequently for information are the following, based on their unbiased, research based content.

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/faq/index.htm

http://www.flu.gov › Prevention & Vaccination

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/tc/influenza-topic-overview

 

Things you probably didn’t know about Influenza

Influenza causes more than 200,000 people in the U.S. to be hospitalized every year. Up to 49,000 people die each year from flu-related causes.

Prevention is key.

In 2010, the United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices expanded the recommendation for influenza vaccine to include all individuals 6 months old and older.

Ideally, you should get the seasonal flu vaccine by Thanksgiving — the holiday season means hugs and kisses, which help spread the flu virus. However, getting vaccinated with the flu shot makes sense any time during flu season, which may last from September to May.

Think the flu vaccine can give you the flu? It can’t. The vaccine is made with a dead (flu shot) or weakened form of the flu virus (nasal flu vaccine), which can’t give you influenza. The nasal flu vaccine has caused transfer of the virus to others, but the risk of this happening is extremely low.

Concern that there’s a link between autism spectrum disorders and the vaccine preservative thimerosal has prevented some parents from getting their kids vaccinated. Worry no more. Studies have found that there is no link between vaccines containing thimerosal and ASD. And if you’re still worried, thimerosal-free flu vaccines are now the standard for children in the U.S. — and available to adults for the asking.

Stuck on the fact that you need to get vaccinated every year? There’s a good reason. Flu viruses change, so flu vaccines must change, too. Each year’s vaccine is unique, cultivated from the flu strains health officials believe will be most menacing that year.

It’s long been advised that people with allergies to eggs should not get the flu shot. However, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says the vaccine contains such a low amount of egg protein that it’s unlikely to cause an allergic reaction in those with an egg allergy. If you have a severe egg allergy (anaphylaxis), talk to your doctor before getting the flu vaccine. Also, flu vaccines not made with the use of eggs are available.