2016 Influenza Vaccines are HERE!

11-Oct-2016 | Crystal Rounds

Make sure you let your provider know at your next office visit you are interested in getting your 2016 influenza vaccine or just call our office (208-758-0560) and schedule an appointment for a “nurse visit” if the flu shot is all that is needed. If your Insurance covers influenza vaccines, we will be happy to bill your insurance.

The influenza vaccine is $25 IF you pay cash at the time of visit.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United states every year usually between October and May. Flu is caused by the influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact.

Anyone can get the flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. Symptoms vary by age, but can include: fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headaches and runny or stuffy nose. Flu can also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, the flu can make it worse.

Flu is more dangerous for some people. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.

Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many are hospitalized.

The Flu Vaccine can:

  • Prevent getting the flu
  • Make flu less severe if you do get it
  • Keep you from spreading flu to your family and others

There is no live flu virus in the flu shot. They cannot cause the flu.

There are many flu viruses, and they are always changing. Each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are likely to cause disease in the upcoming flu season. But even when the vaccine doesn’t exactly match these viruses, it may still provide some protection.

Flu vaccine cannot prevent:

  • Flu that is caused by a virus not covered by the vaccine
  • Illnesses that look like flu but are not

It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after vaccination, and protection lasts through the flu season.

Some people who should NOT receive the vaccine:

  • If you ever had any severe, life threatening allergic reaction after a previous dose of flu vaccine. Most, but not all, types of flu vaccine contain a small amount of egg protein.
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS)
  • If you are not feeling well. Mild illness is usually ok. If you have a fever, you should consult a provider or wait until you have no fever for 24 hours.

The above information is taken from the 08/07/2015 Vaccine information Statements provided by CDC. If you want more information about the influenza vaccine, go to their website: www.cdc.gov/flu.

 

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