Flu vaccines are now available for the 2018-2019 flu season. You can schedule an appointment for flu vaccine online on our Patient Portal. If you are a parent and would like to get flu vaccine at our office, you will need to register yourself as a patient first (you can do this on the portal). Then you can schedule yourself to get the vaccine at the same time as your child.
Information About Flu Vaccine
Flu vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months of age and older. The flu vaccine is offered in injectable and nasal spray forms. Unfrotunately, the nasal spray form has been becoming less and less effective over the last few years, so it is no longer recommended.
Those who are at highest risk from the flu (and therefore for whom we most strongly recommend the vaccine) are:
- children aged 6 months to 5 years
- children and adolescents who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and, therefore, might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome with influenza virus infection
- women who will be pregnant during the influenza season
- adults and children who have chronic disorders of the pulmonary or cardiovascular systems, including asthma (hypertension is not considered a high-risk condition)
- adults and children who have required regular medical follow-up or hospitalization during the preceding year because of chronic metabolic diseases (including diabetes mellitus), renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies, or immunodeficiency (including immunodeficiency caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus [HIV])
- adults and children who have any condition that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions or that can increase the risk for aspiration (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders).
- residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities that house persons of any age who have chronic medical conditions
- persons aged >65 years
Also, a flu vaccine is strongly recommended for any household contact of any of the people listed above and for anyone who works in health care.
Children under 9 years of age who have not received at least 2 doses of flu vaccine in the past are recommended to get 2 doses this year, at least 4 weeks apart.