What should I do to prepare for this flu season?
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.
What should I do to protect my loved ones from flu this season?
Encourage your loved ones to get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available in their communities, preferably by October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, and their close contacts.
When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines will be available in our office Mid-September (as soon as they become available) on a walk in basis from 8:30-4:30pm Monday-Friday and 6-8pm Tuesday and Thursday. Please be sure to have your insurance card ready.
You can also ask for the shot during a regularly scheduled appointment.
For Medicare patients with Part B (which includes all Medicare Advantage plans) the flu shot is completely covered. No copayment and no deductible.
Private insurance coverage varies, and we must bill you for any portion that is not covered by your insurance. To check your coverage, call your insurer. Usually, the number to call is on your insurance card.
If you don’t have insurance, the charge is $28, which you must pay when you receive the shot.