I recommend that all adults get yearly influenza vaccinations if possible. The only counter-indication is an allergy to eggs or allergic reaction to prior influenza vaccination. The vaccine contains only parts of the influenza virus and thus vaccination cannot cause a patient to get the flu. The vaccine does take about 14 days to work and patients may become sick with influenza if they are infected before vaccination or during the period before the vaccine becomes effective in your body.
Each year a new vaccine prepared for the strains of influenza that are expected to be endemic that coming year. Influenza strains tend to recur in about 10 year cycles. The new vaccine tends to become available for distribution in mid September to early October. There have been years in the past decade when we have had shortages of vaccine and have had to restrict vaccination to only high-risk patients. At the present time there is no indication of any shortage of vaccine predicted for the 2013 - 2014 flu season.
High risk patients include:
- patients over age 65
- patients with lung or heart disease such as asthma, emphysema, congestive heart failure.
- patients with impaired immunity (e.g diabetes, rheumatoid arthrititis)
- Health and safety workers
- Patients with infants and very young children in their home
Times for Vaccination
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