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The Flu Season is Here

Influenza (Flu) Vaccines 2016-17

Get Your Flu Shot!

A note about the 2016-17 Flu Season written by Alicia Sakai, PharmD

The 2016-2017 flu season begins in October and peaks in December through March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6

months and older get a flu shot by the end of October.

  • Get your flu shot now
    It takes 2 weeks for your body to fully respond to the vaccine.
  • If you miss getting your flu shot in October
    Get is as soon as possible. It is still beneficial to get vaccinated even late in the flu season.
  • Nasal spray flu vaccine
    It is NOT recommended this year due to concerns about effectiveness.
  • Patients 65 years or older
    There are specially designed vaccines that improve the effectiveness in older adults.
  • Egg allergy
    There are vaccines that are eggless. Discuss options with your physician.
  • Talk to your doctor before getting the flu shot if:
    Allergic to any component of the shot
    Had Guillain-Barre Syndrome
    Not feeling well or seriously ill

Copyright @2016 Alicia Sakai, PharmD

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