FLU shots are typically available in September and throughout the flu season.
The flu – what is it ?
Influenza is a respiratory illness that can affect anyone. It is highly contagious and is most often spread person-to-person by respiratory droplets when the infected person coughs. Most deaths from influenza occur in babies and the elderly, while most of the spreading is from unvaccinated children and adults.
Vaccination is important. It is the biggest key to preventing the flu. Most people already know germs can be spread by dirty hands. Soap and warm water hand-washing are effective in decreasing the spread. Alcohol based sanitizers work also and are available at many supermarkets. Other methods of reducing the spread include cleaning surfaces you’ll be touching – the flu virus can live for an hour or two on hard surfaces (tables, countertops, door handles).
Flu season in Oregon usually starts around January although sometimes has begun much earlier. It takes about 2 weeks to start making antibodies after the flu shot, so getting vaccinated as early as possible makes sense. The Quadrivalent influenza vaccine is available – Junction City Medical Clinic will be offering the FDA approved intradermal vaccine. The Quadrivalent flu vaccine is designed to protect against 4 types of Influenza strains (H1N1, H3N2, and both “B” strains). It is injected into the skin, instead of deeper in the muscle. It uses a much smaller needle and requires less of the vaccine to build up protection.
Get the vaccination
Wash your hands
Cover your cough
Vaccinations for pediatric patients follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. The schedules are shown here.
Other Important Vaccinations For Adults:
- Tetanus Diptheria Pertussis (TDAP)