Flu Shots!

It is time to get your 2018-19 seasonal flu shot. Your providers at Pinehurst Family Care Center strongly endorse the CDC's recommendation that all patients over 6 months of age receive a flu shot, ideally before the end of October. Please contact our office for specific hours of our flu shot clinics, and anyone who is in for appointment may receive theirs. While most pharmacies are offering flu shots, we encourage you to come to our office so we may make sure you receive the correct one and we have documentation. We do not anticipate any vaccine shortages this year. For our Senior patients over age 65, we recommend the High Dose Fluzone immunization which has been shown to confer better immunity in older patients than the standard shot. Children through age 8 may require two shots, one month apart if this year's vaccine is their first or if they have only had one flu shot in any previous year -- those that have received two or more shots in previous years will only need one this and subsequent years. The nasal spray form of the vaccine is not recommended. Also, all but the most severe egg allergies are no longer a contra-indication to receiving the flu shot, but it is recommended to receive it at our office where we can monitor your condition for a brief time after the injection. We are also offering a recombinant DNA vaccine, FluBlok, which is perfectly safe for those with egg or latex allergy. Although, the effectiveness of the flu shot varies each year and we don't know how well this year's vaccine will match circulating strains, it is still the most effective preventive measure you can take for yourself and your family.

Author
Douglas E. Lam, M.D.

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