It’s time for your flu vaccine

Flu season is on the way! One of the best ways to protect your family is to follow the CDC’s recommendation: everyone 6 months and older should get an influenza vaccine every year.

For the traditional flu “shot” or injection, the only stock we’re carrying is the quadrivalent formulation in preservative-free vials. This helps protect against 4 strains of influenza.

This year, a reformulated “Flumist” nasal spray has been re-introduced. According to the experts who’ve reviewed the data for the CDC, it’s expected to be about equivalent in effectiveness as the injected form. Flumist has not yet been shipped — we don’t have it yet, but we will, hopefully in the coming weeks. It can only be used from age 2 through 49, and people with immune problems or chronic heart or lung disease, including asthma, should get the shot instead.

We’re happy to offer these vaccines to our patients and their parents. For parents, we can file for payment from your insurance company (make sure your insurance does not insist that you visit your own PCP for vaccines), or you can pay a cash price of $35 for the flu vaccine.

You can book an appointment for your family by using the portal or by calling on the phone. Either way, we hope to see to you soon to help get your family protected!

More info: CDC’s flu information

 

 

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