Flu Shots in Meridian, Idaho

Seasonal Flu Shots

TVFM is here for you and your family year-round, and that includes Flu season. In the United States, influenza season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During Flu season, we are here with the most up to date information, education, and vaccinations for you.

 

While the peak of Flu season is nearly impossible to predict precisely, vaccine experts and TVFM recommend that you get your vaccine as soon as the vaccines are available – which is right now! Vaccines take approximately two weeks to cause your body to create antibodies which last for the duration of Flu season. Waiting until later in the season to time your injection offers ZERO advantage.

 

There is a lot of miscommunication and rumors about the Flu shot every year. Here are some answers to our common questions:

Do Flu Shots Help?

•   Yes! Flu shots have shown a consistent effectiveness rate of 40-60%, which significantly reduces the hundreds of thousands admitted to the hospital in the US every year. Flu vaccination has been associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79% reduction) and chronic lung disease (52% reduction).
•   With 30,000 to 40,000 Americans dying every from the year, it is hugely helpful to remember that vaccination reduces the risk of Flu-associated death by HALF.
•   There are variants of the Flu every season that you could still contract but the vaccine will help you avoid the main ones and likely lessen disease severity for those Flu strains related but not included in this year’s vaccine formulation.

Can The Flu Shot Make Me Get The Flu?

•   No, it can’t. The vaccine has inactivated (dead) parts of the most dangerous Flu strains predicted to hit this this year. There are NO live viruses in the shot.
•   Occasionally the vaccine triggers a vigorous immune response in the body as it creates needed antibodies which may lead to mild chills, low grade fever, and muscle aches. Please note this is NOT the same as getting the Flu. If experienced at all, these effects usually last 1-2 days after vaccination and are much less severe than actual flu illness.

Is The Flu Shot Safe?

•   Like many vaccines, some side effects can occur but overall the Flu vaccine is extremely safe.
•   If a reaction occurs, most likely it would be a tender red area around the injection site caused by your robust immune reaction.
•   People with egg allergies can receive any licensed, recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine.
• Only people with a very severe life-threatening Flu shot reaction that required hospitalization should skip their vaccination.

Final Thoughts On The Flu Shot

At TVFM, we are stocking the higher quality, Quadrivalent vaccine this year: Flucelvax. Quadrivalent vaccines cover additional B strain influenza and further reduce hospitalization. https://goo.gl/GPtTFe

 

Also, as a cell-based Flu vaccine, Flucelvax has a much smaller amount of egg protein; mass production of this vaccine does not occur in eggs and is even safer for people with an egg allergy.

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the American Association of Pediatrics, are recommending the following for the 2017 Flu season:

 

•   Everyone above the age of six months receive the Flu vaccine this year;

•   A change from previous years is to not utilize the nasal mist as a means of vaccination due to poor effectiveness; TVFM is not stocking the nasal mist.

 

For other questions, see what the CDC is saying about the 2017 Flu season.

 

In conclusion, please contact Treasure Valley Family Medicine to get your family vaccinated today. We are happy to vaccinate family and friends who are not enrolled at our clinic but still need their Flu shot.

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