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Preparing for Flu Season

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Preparing for the 2020-2021 Flu Season

It's time to get your flu shot

The continued existence of COVID-19 in no way diminishes the importance of, or our ability to prevent, the seasonal flu. Especially now, maintaining your overall health is important. And, relying on your annual flu shot as a way of lowering your risk of contracting the flu remains just as important and effective.

Administering flu shots safely – Flu Vaccination Saturdays

You can always receive your flu vaccination during a regularly scheduled medical visit. If you just need a visit for a flu shot, this year, many ACPNY office locations will have designated Saturdays for flu vaccination appointments. This way, if you just need your flu vaccination, our Flu Vaccination Saturdays will make it easy, convenient, and safe. Here’s how it works:

  • Across our practice, offices will designate certain Saturdays exclusively to administering flu shots. You’ll have a range of appointment times available to get you in and out quickly.
  • Some offices will offer mobile vaccination carts or curbside vaccinations to minimize time in the office or eliminate it altogether.
  • To create an efficient and paperless experience, after your flu vaccination, we will send the required Vaccine Information Sheet for the 2020-2021 influenza vaccine and your After-Visit Summary (AVS) directly to your myChart patient portal.

To schedule a flu shot appointment:

Important Flu Resources

With everyone on high alert about the dangers of COVID-19, it is vital that you get your flu shot this year. While dangerous on its own, the flu can cause further health complications and, in some cases, lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening illnesses. These underlying symptoms and respiratory concerns make you a high risk to the deadly effects of the coronavirus. Talk to your Provider about scheduling a flu shot as soon as you can this year.

To ensure our offices are safe for patients and staff to receive and deliver care, we’ve established a set of protocols based on official guidelines. They include social distancing, mask and face covering requirements, appointment scheduling to minimize patient proximity, and sanitizing and disinfecting. We make it clear and easy for patients to help us maintain a mutually safe environment through markers and signage, guidance, and tools to do their part. To avoid contact with other sick patients, we recommend looking into our Flu Vaccination Saturday program. Learn more.

A flu shot cannot give you the flu. Instead, it stimulates an immune system response so that your body is prepared to resist the virus. Allergic reactions to the flu vaccine are possible, but extremely rare. What remains important is that flu shots work and can save lives.

Flu vaccinations are:

  • The best option for not getting sick with the flu
  • Capable of decreasing the amount of flu-related visits to the hospital for children, working adults, and the elderly
  • Protection for women during and after pregnancy
  • Life-saving for children
  • Symptom-reducing in cases where people still contract the deadly virus
  • A safe and effective way to protect the people around you

Parents and caretakers of children, especially those under five, need to be aware of the dangers of the flu. Highly contagious and more dangerous than the common cold, the flu infects millions of children every year. Children with serious health problems like asthma, and diabetes, and neurological and immune system disorders are especially vulnerable to infection.

Fortunately, there is a safe and reliable way to protect your children. Several different flu vaccines exist for each different strain of flu. The vaccine your child receives depends on their age and what strains of flu are predicted to be active this year. Health care providers at AdvantageCare Physicians will know what vaccines are right for your child.

For more information about children and the flu, visit the CDC’s website.

Flu season ramps up in October and ends its peak in February but can continue into May. That’s why we recommend patients get vaccinated as soon as possible, but no later than January. Children who need two doses of the vaccine should go earlier because the shots must be spaced at least four weeks apart. Note: it takes around two weeks after getting vaccinated for the effects to work.

Yes, pregnant women can receive the flu shot recommended for their age.

While the flu shot is recommended for most people 6 months and older, there are exceptions. Patients with life-threatening allergies to ingredients in the vaccine, such as gelatin and antibiotics or Guillain-Barre Syndrome, should consult their doctor before getting vaccinated. Patients with life-threatening allergies to ingredients in the vaccine, such as gelatin and antibiotics, or patients with Guillain-Barre Syndrome should consult their doctor before getting vaccinated. Patients with egg allergies should consult these guidelines.

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