September is Influenza Awareness Month

September is Influenza Awareness Month

Influenza season is right around the corner and Arbor Family Medicine is up to the task of identifying and managing various types of influenza. More importantly, we have special ordered specific influenza vaccines that match to the health needs of our patients. Remember, not all flu vaccines are created equal! Although we are very excited to start immunization process for 2019-2020 flu season, certain flu vaccines are not available (nationwide delay) until mid to end of October. DON’T WORRY!! We will be ready when it comes in. If you already have an appointment for your regular visit in the next couple of months, we can give you your flu shot then.

A few things to consider before you get your flu vaccine this year:

  • We highly encourage patients to get their flu vaccines from their doctor’s office. You may require a different dosage or type of flu vaccine based on your age and/or your health condition.
  • DON’T GET IT TOO EARLY! Although when you should get the flu vaccine is not an exact science, flu season can run all the way to May, usually peaking between December through February, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Due to the long flu season, we recommend you receive your flu vaccine after October.
  • If you do not have active health insurance coverage – no worries! Our patients can self-pay for traditional flu vaccine for just $30 per dose (excludes High-Dose or Flublok).
  • If you received your flu shot elsewhere, please bring your flu shot information (where received, when received, and what type of flu vaccine received) to our office to update your medical records.