Flu Shots and Flu Vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year. Our primary care providers can help protect you and your family from the debilitating effects of the influenza virus with a ready supply of the latest vaccine.
How Do Flu Vaccines Work?
If viruses are smart, influenza is a true genius… it mutates every year, and it is the job of researchers to stay one step ahead by formulating a new shot each flu season. The flu vaccine is made of dead or weakened virus, and there is no evidence that having a flu shot causes the flu.
Should You Immunize Your Baby?
Does your child need a flu shot? Influenza poses more dangers than the common cold to young children.
- Most babies and young children with influenza need medical care
- Complications have sent as many as 26,000 children to the hospital since 2010
- Flu-related deaths have ranged from 37 to 171 since 2004-2005
- Children with asthma, nervous system and brain disorders, diabetes and some other conditions are at higher risk of flu complications
It’s smart to protect your child with a yearly flu vaccine. In some cases, it can be given in nasal spray form, although the CDC makes that determination at the start of each flu season (fall through spring)
Flu Shots in Older People
The sick and elderly are among the most vulnerable populations to illness. The headache, fatigue, cough and fever produced by this condition can be more pronounced in this group, and even lead to death. The CDC recommends a flu virus for people 65 and older each fall, and even has a high-dosage form for this group. Talk to our primary care physicians about the flu immunization that is right for every member of your family!