Current Vaccine Status:
2013-2014 seasonal flu vaccine
Getting the Flu Shot and H1N1 Vaccine at the Internal Medicine Clinic
It is time to get your annual flu shot.
Please make a Flu Clinic appointment to get your flu shot by calling 919-966-1459, and choose option 3. Flu shots will be scheduled on Thursday mornings from 9:00 -11:50 am.
If you have a visit with your doctor scheduled before December 1st, you do not need to call us or schedule an additional appointment. You can get your flu shot when you see your doctor.
More information about the flu vaccine is below.
Information about the flu vaccine:
The 2013-2014 seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that will be the most common during this season: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza develop in the body.
When to get vaccinated:
Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available and continue through the influenza season, into early December, January, and beyond. This is because the timing and duration of influenza seasons vary. While influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later.
Who should receive the seasonal flu shot?
In general, anyone who wants to reduce the chances of getting the flu can and should get vaccinated every year. Annual vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or people who live with or care for high-risk individuals.
- People who are at high risk for complications from seasonal flu are:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from seasonal flu are:
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above)
- Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age
- Healthcare workers
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