Flu Vaccine Update – There is a National Shortage of FluMist But Flu Shots Are Available (No Appointment Necessary)

flu immunizationNational Shortage of FluMist

Due to a National Shortage of FluMist it is unlikely that we will get anymore in.

Flu Shots are Available – No Appointment Necessary 

We just received another shipment of the Flu shot and patients can stop in the office to get a vaccine without an appointment.  The flu has not hit our area yet and it is not too late to get vaccinated.


 

Seasonal Flu Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends flu vaccinations for all children 6 months to 18 years of age, as well as anyone wishing to avoid the getting the flu. Both the H1N1 and the Seasonal flu are combined together into one vaccine.

Flu Vaccines are available for patients & parents

  • Patients (billed to their insurance) – No copay due at time of service
  • Parents $30 out of pocket
  • No appointment necessary

Who should get the flu vaccine?

  • Anyone 6 months to 18 years.
  • Anyone 65 years and older
  • Anyone with a chronic medical condition, such as: asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or blood disease.
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system due to medication or illness.
  • Women pregnant during flu season.
  • Anyone working in a healthcare setting or a place where you are more likely to be exposed to the influenza virus.
  • Anyone who is a household contact to someone who fits in the above categories.
  • Anyone who wants to decrease their chances of catching Influenza.

>> More Flu Vaccination Information by CDC

Patient Vaccines

  • Seasonal flu mists and shots are available to private and state insured patients.
  • The Cost will be billed to your insurance. Most insurance plans do not require co-payment for immunization only visits.

Parent Vaccines

  • You will be charged $30 out of pocket. Parents may only receive a flu shot, not the flu mist.

Who is eligible for flu mist?

Children over the age of 2 may receive flu mist. Children who have asthma or have had wheezing in the past 6-10 months are not eligible for flu mist. Also, anyone who is pregnant may not receive flu mist.

How many vaccines will my child need this flu season?

Children who have received the flu vaccine will need one vaccine. Children who are less than 9 years old and have never received the flu vaccine before will need two vaccines (flu shot or flu mist). The second dose must be at least 4 weeks after the first dose.

If you have any questions, please contact Terra Anderschat or call the office at (859) 525-8181.

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