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2017 Reliant Medical Group Flu Information

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.

Click here for government flu information from the CDC

Note: FluMist Nasal Spray Unavailable

Please be aware that the FluMist nasal spray vaccine is not being offered this flu season. This is because the nasal flu mist vaccine was deemed ineffective during the previous flu season by an advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For this reason, all flu vaccinations will have to be given by injection this year.

Important Information for Pediatric Patients

VIS – Influenza Vaccine – What You Need to Know (Flu Shot)
Unaccompanied Minor Screening and VIS Documentation

Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season?

Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. (View our 2017 adult flu clinic schedule now.) 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 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.

More information is available at Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza.

Flu information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)