Flu Season is here - A message from our Asst. Medical Director

Flu Season is here – A message from our Asst. Medical Director

October 19, 2017
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FLU SEASON

Nationwide, CDC has received reports of localized influenza outbreaks across the U.S., and the influenza virus has been identified in New Hampshire residents already this season.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Increasing the number of people who get vaccinated each year helps to protect more people, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

People with asthma can develop life-threatening complications from influenza and the common cold viruses. … It is recommended that asthmatics are vaccinated between October and November, before the peak of the flu seasonFlu vaccine works by boosting the body’s immune system and takes about 2 weeks to become effective.

What’s new this flu season?

A few things are new this season:

  • Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season.
  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

Fluzone, Fluzone High-Dose, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, and Fluzone Quadrivalent are all injectable influenza vaccines made to protect against the flu strains most likely to cause illness for that particular flu season. 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. The additional antigen is intended to create a stronger immune response (more antibody) in the person getting the vaccine especially those 65 and older.

Get your flu shot either through your PCP or at a flu clinic.