To schedule a flu vaccine, please contact your Reliant primary care provider’s office.
Due to COVID-19, we are not hosting walk-in flu clinics this year. All flu vaccines will be provided by appointment only. Some offices will offer evening and weekend appointments for flu vaccines.
This year, getting your flu vaccine is more important than ever before.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects that COVID-19 infections will keep spreading when the flu season arrives this fall and winter. Catching both infections is possible, so you should get vaccinated against preventable illnesses, such as the flu. We understand you may be concerned about leaving home to get the flu vaccine, however we have many safety precautions in place in our offices.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Important Information for Pediatric Patients
09/10/20 – The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended influenza vaccine for all children and adults starting at age 6 months of age. In addition, this year the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will require the influenza vaccine for daycare, preschool, and school-age children in order to protect our children and community during this challenging time of the COVID- 19 pandemic. In light of this, the Department of Pediatrics at Reliant Medical Group strongly recommends giving the influenza vaccine to all children, starting at age 6 months.
The link below is the statement from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Letters of exemption will only be given for true medical contraindications. Exemptions for this vaccine include medical conditions such as severe allergic reactions to the vaccine.
Persons who have experienced a severe allergic reaction to a prior dose of influenza vaccine, or who are known to have a severe allergy to a vaccine component (except egg) should not be vaccinated with the influenza vaccine at this time. Precautions to vaccination include moderate or severe acute illness at the time the vaccine is to be given, or history of Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of a dose of influenza vaccine. There is no evidence that the injectable form of the vaccine causes influenza, and a history of illness after getting the vaccine is not a reason for a vaccine exemption.
Religious exemptions can only be issued by the school system. Reliant Medical Group providers cannot provide letters to support religious exemptions.
Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season?
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu to more people.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine this season, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated.
Those people include the following:
- People who are at high risk of developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu.
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant women.
- People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older.
- A complete list is available at People Who Are at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.
- People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications (see list above).
- Household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
- Household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old.
- Health care personnel.
Flu information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)