Our offices supply of influenza vaccine has been delivered to the office this week and we will begin immunizing patients on October 1, 2014. The Center for Disease Control in its Morbidity and Mortality Report of August 15, 2014 recommended that all adults be immunized against influenza this year beginning at a time that is appropriate to the appearance of influenza in your community. We generally do not see any significant influenza in South Florida before Thanksgiving with the season usually lasting through March. It takes ten days for the vaccine to take effect and your body to develop the immunity to resist the flu invasion. Immunity after vaccination begins to fade at 3 months and is markedly reduced or absent in most individuals 65 years or older at 6 months. Most pharmacies locally will begin their vaccine campaign in September. If you receive the vaccine then there is the chance that your immunity will be decreasing by December. For this reason we prefer to vaccinate you on October 15 or later. Please call the office for an appointment.
We will be administering the senior high potency vaccine which is the usual trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine at four times the dosage given to younger patients. Research has shown that the higher dose is needed to get senior citizens immune response to work well. Despite the higher dose, there are no more side effects reported than in the usual dosage administered to younger individuals.
For individuals younger than 65 years we will be administering the recommended quadravalent vaccine which is also an inactivated viral product. We will be charging $35 for the shot. Patients with egg allergies are encouraged to obtain the trivalent recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV3, known as FluBlok). It is available in limited supplies at the Health Department and at Passport Health.
Feel free to call the office if you have any questions at 561.368.0191
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