Influenza Vaccine 2016-2017

Dear Members,

 

The Influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 flu season have arrived!

 

Please contact the SOS clinic for your flu shot appointment.

 

The 2016-2017 season inactivated influenza vaccine contains the following virus strains:

A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09 – like strain (A/California/7/2009, X-181)

A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) – like strain (A/Hong Kong/4801/20143, X-263B)

B/Brisbane/60/2008 – (B/Brisbane/60/2008, wild type)

 

Who should get vaccinated?

 

ALL Children (6 months or older);

ALL persons aged above 50 years;

High risk persons (chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart or lung disease);

Individuals at high risk work places (children in day care, child care personnel, institutional workers, doctors, teachers, etc.);

Pregnant women 2nd trimester or above (it is safe to receive flu shot while breast-feeding);

Anyone who wants to reduce the chance of contracting influenza

 

For better prevention, include all Family Members.

 

 

People who should NOT have flu vaccine:

 

Anyone who has had a history of severe allergic reaction to flu vaccine, or any component of the flu vaccine in the past.

Anyone who is severely allergic to eggs

Children younger than 6 months old

 

When to get the shot

 

NOW, before year end preferably. It is recommended to get vaccinated as early as possible. Protection begins about 2-4 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 vaccination. 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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