WESTMED Medical Group has a plentiful supply of the 2016-17 seasonal flu vaccine. Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. Nurses schedules have been set up for administering the flu vaccine for adults and children.
WESTMED will not offer the nasal spray flu vaccine during 2016-2017 because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics have advised that it is not effective. All flu shots will be by injection.
should I get vaccinated?
“It’s best to get vaccinated before flu season starts,” says Maureen Adams, RN, WESTMED’s senior director of nursing administration. Make your appointment now. Flu season usually begins in October and can last through May. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It’s especially important for certain groups to get immunized. They are:
- People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu.
- This includes
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant women.
- People 65 years and older.
- People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications
- This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
A detailed list is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Web site at Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza. A complete list of health and age factors that are known to increase a person’s risk of developing serious complications from flu is available at People Who Are at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.
What vaccines does WESTMED have?
WESTMED will be administering quadrivalent flu vaccines and high-dose flu vaccine. The quadrivalent vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses. The high-dose flu vaccine, Fluzone, is designed specifically for people 65 years of age and older.
How can I make an appointment?
Flu Vaccine for Adults:
It’s easy for WESTMED patients, who currently have a primary care physician here, to make an appointment for a flu shot using My WESTMED. Or flu shots can be given during a regular office visit with a patient’s primary care physician. Each medical office has a nurses schedule, and some are offering extended hours. See the table below.
Please note that you must have a WESTMED primary care physician to obtain a flu shot.
Flu Vaccine for Children:
Pediatric nurse schedules will be open starting Monday, October 3 for all patients over the age of 6 months.
- Appointments should be made through your pediatrician as schedules vary by office location.
- Pediatric patients can only receive a flu vaccine at their provider’s location, and not at any other WESTMED location.
- Pediatric patients will NOT be able to schedule their appointments on My WESTMED.
For a quick reference to WESTMED pediatricians’ phone numbers, click here.
Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?
A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.
Also, multiple studies conducted over different seasons and across vaccine types and influenza virus subtypes have shown that the body’s immunity to influenza viruses (acquired either through natural infection or vaccination) declines over time.
Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.