Flu vaccine update for 2014-2015

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

 

When I review vaccinations with my patients, the one vaccine that most people do not want to get is their annual Flu shot. While it is true that some people may get mild cold-like symptoms for a few days following the vaccine, for the most part it is very safe and very rarely do I ever see a patient who has had the vaccine come down with the flu. Many patients still remember the Swine Flu fiasco from the 1970’s and refuse to get vaccinated.

Please be aware that people of all ages are susceptible to the flu and that it may occur anytime throughout the year, is more prevalent in the fall and winter. It may be hard to believe but people do DIE from the flu, especially those over 65 or who have diabetes, heart or lung disease.

The 2014/2015 composition will be unchanged from last year. We do offer Flu Vaccines in the office for our patients and no appointment is necessary. In spite of pharmacy advertisements, the best time to get your vaccine is in late September through November. Just about every insurance company pays for the vaccine, so there are usually no out of pocket costs for the patient.

 

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