It’s summer now, but flu season is just around the corner. People are already starting to ask about flu vaccines, so we’ve compiled some basic information to get you started.
Influenza vaccines will soon be available throughout the community starting as early as Mid- August. At Corvallis Family Medicine we will be offering flu vaccine for all of our patient 6 months of age and over. Once we receive our Influenza vaccine, we will be vaccinating patients during their regular scheduled visits. Not due to come in for a visit? Don’t worry. You can call to schedule a quick visit with one of our available Medical Assistants to get your flu vaccine. The CDC recommends getting your flu vaccine as soon as it is available, preferably by October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
Corvallis Family Medicine will be carrying a few different types of vaccines this flu season depending on your age and health.
Fluzone Quadrivalent (four-strain) Influenza Vaccine will be available for all of our patients aged 6 months or older. In addition to this vaccine, we have a couple other options that have some age or health restrictions.
Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with rare exception.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
There will be a Fluzone High-Dose Influenza Vaccine for our patients age 65 and over. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen – the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody – contained in regular flu shots. Human immune defenses (antibodies) become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Aging also decreases the body’s ability to have a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is intended to give older people a better immune response, and therefore better protection against flu.
Additionally, we will have Flu Mist Nasal Influenza Vaccine to offer to healthy patients from 2 through 49 years of age. This is a live virus vaccine that is administered by spraying it into the patient’s nose. As it is a live vaccine, it is not recommended for patients that are immunocompromised, have a history of asthma or wheezing, or chronic health conditions. If you are interested in Flu Mist, ask your health provider if it is the right vaccine for you.
There is so much information about Influenza vaccines we could not possibly share it all in just one post. If you would like further information we suggest going to the CDC website. This is a great resource and is updated throughout the flu season.