Influenza vaccine

It is time for influenza vaccinations!

Our vaccines have arrived. We’ve been waiting to make a formal announcement until the high dose vaccines arrived. Influenza vaccinations are recommended for everyone over 1 year of age. If you are over the age of 65, you need a high dose vaccine. Everyone else gets the standard dose.

For the 2020-2021flu season, we have purchased the quadrivalent (four-component) egg-based vaccine, which protects against both influenza A and influenza B. This season’s flu vaccines were updated to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States and contains:

  • A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated)
  • A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus (updated)
  • B/Washington/02/2019 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus (updated)
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus.

September and October are good times to get vaccinated. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue, even in January or later.

The vaccine is NOT live virus. You cannot get sick with influenza by receiving an injectable version of the vaccine. The vaccine will help you form an immunity to the expect strains of influenza that leading virologists predict will occur in the United States.

It is UNTRUE that receiving an influenza vaccine increases the risk of getting COVID-19. Canadian researchers disproved and clarified a study initially published in January 2020 about ordinary coronaviruses that cause the common cold NOT the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Getting the flu vaccine WILL NOT put you are any greater risk for getting COVID-19.  

Data from the CDC regarding last year’s flu season in the United States which runs  between October 1,2019 and April 4, 2020, there have been ESTIMATED between:

Median 47.5million
flu illnesses

Median 22 million
flu medical visits

Median 580 million
flu hospitalizations

Median 43 million
flu deaths

For the flu season that ended in April 2019, there were 35 million cases and 34,000 deaths.

For the flu season that ended in April 2018, there were 45 million cases and 61,000 deaths.

We have 400 doses of regular flu vaccine and currently 100 doses of high dose vaccine. Call the office and get an appointment for the nurses’ clinic. Our office is secure, a safe place that you know and convenient.

If you elect to get you vaccine at the pharmacy (it’s hard to compete with a $10 gift care at Publix), please ask the pharmacist to send us your vaccine information.

We want everyone to stay safe and mitigate their risks. Wear your masks and wash your hands.

November 2020