Flu Vaccines Available TodayLast updated: Sep 14, 2017
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The best way to prevent the flu from knocking you down later this season is to get your yearly influenza vaccine. Summit Medical Group is offering single-dose, preservative-free flu shots that will reduce your risk of both contracting and spreading the illness that can cause fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine. This is particularly important for infants and young children, the elderly and pregnant women, who have an elevated risk of developing serious complications from the flu.
While seasonal influenza outbreaks typically peak in January or February, activity can begin as early as October and continue until May. It takes approximately two weeks after you are vaccinated for your body to develop the antibodies that protect against the flu strains researchers predict will be most common this year. High-dose vaccines are also available upon request for patients, age 65 and older. Patients with egg allergies should discuss options with their provider or an SMG Allergist.
You can get the flu vaccine during a regular office visit with your primary care physician or by scheduling an appointment. To be eligible for the flu shot, an SMG provider must have examined you within the last two years. To make an appointment, please call 908-277-8800 or schedule online through the patient portal.
To schedule an appointment for your child’s flu vaccine please call your Summit Medical Group pediatrician or family medicine provider. Pediatric patients must have had a physical exam at Summit Medical Group within the last 2 years. In some cases children may need two doses of the vaccine.
Individuals who are more likely to develop serious flu-related complications include:
- Children younger than five years old, particularly those under the age of two
- Adults 65 years of age and older – High dose Flu Vaccine is available in the offices, upon request
- Pregnant women
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who have medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease
- Infants younger than six months of age — all caregivers should be vaccinated to help protect babies who are too young to receive the flu shot
Symptoms of the Flu
The flu shot will lower your chances of contracting the illness. However, if you do become ill, potential signs and symptoms include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills — not everyone with the flu will have a fever
- Sore Throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (feeling very tired)
- Vomiting and diarrhea – this is more common in children than adults
Steps to Take if You Get the Flu
- Stay home and rest
- Avoid close contact with people who are not sick
- Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent dehydration
- Treat fever and cough with over-the-counter medications
- Call your physician if you become very sick, are pregnant, are over 65 years old, or have a high risk of flu-related complications
How to Prevent Spreading the Flu
If you have any flu symptoms, the staff will ask you to sanitize your hands and wear a mask when you visit our facilities. Follow these tips to limit transmission:
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.