Influenza Vaccine 2015-2016

 

The Influenza Vaccine for 2015-2016 flu season has arrived!

 

Please contact the clinic for your flu shot appointment.

 

The 2015-2016 inactivated influenza vaccine contains the following virus strains:

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09 – like strain 

  • A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2) – like strain 

  • B/Brisbane/9/2014 (wild type)

 

Who should get vaccinated?

 

  1. ALL Children (6 months or older);
  2. ALL persons aged above 50 years;
  3. High risk persons (chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart or lung disease);
  4. Individuals at high risk work places (children in day care, child care personnels, institutional workers, doctors, teachers, etc.);
  5. Pregnant women 2nd trimester or above (it is safe to get the shot while breast-feeding);
  6. Anyone who wants to reduce the chance of contracting influenza

 

For better prevention, include all Family Members.

 

People who should NOT have flu vaccine:

 

  1. Anyone who has had a severe allergic reaction to flu vaccine, or any component of the flu vaccine, in the past
  2. people who are severely allergic to eggs
  3. Children younger than 6 months old

 

When to get the shot

 

NOW, before year end preferably. It is recomended to get vaccinated as early as possible. Protection begins about 2 weeks after vaccination and lasts for about one year.

 

How many doses?

 

  • Adults and children 3 years (36 months) or older receive: 1 dose (0.5 ml)

  • Children from 6 months to (35 months) may receive one 0.25 ml dose. 

  • If your child has not been previously vaccinated against the flu, a second dose should be given after at least 4 weeks.

 

Possible side effects

 

The vaccines are safe and usually without issues. However after your vaccination, you need to stay close by for 15 minutes in case you have a reaction.

 

It is common to develop:

 

  • Mild soreness, swelling and redness at the injection site (settles on its own after 1-2 days)

  • Mild fever, tiredness and muscle aches are common (settles on its own after 1-2 days)

  • Allergic reaction (rare)

 

 

Common Myths about the Flu vaccine

 

 

"The flu vaccine will give you the flu"

The flu vaccine does not have any live virus. it can give you some mild flu like symptoms, but it is not the actual flu.

"it is too late to get my flu vaccine"

It is never too late to have your annual flu vaccine. It can still provide protection at any time during the season.

"Flu vaccine provides 100% protection against the flu"

Flu vaccination significantly reduces your chance of getting the flu. Some people may still get the flu even after receiving that season's vaccine. This is more likely if the circulating flu strain was not included in that year's vaccine.

 

 

 

For appointments, and for more information regarding flu shots, please contact our clinic at: 11-464325, 11-464326, 11-464327; or email us at: clinicops@sosmedica.mn 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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