Friday, September 28, 2018
If you haven’t had your flu shot yet, it is not too late! Flu season typically runs from October through May, with a peak in February. The Centers for Disease Control recommends vaccination for everyone 6 months and older unless they have had a prior severe reaction to the flu shot. Early immunization is recommended, preferably before the end of October; however, immunization is still effective at any time during the flu season.
"Everyone is at risk for influenza, but some are at higher risk for severe complications and even death," Family Medicine Specialist Dr. Richard Hightower stated. "Children between the ages of 6 months and five years, adults over the age of 50, women who are pregnant or will become pregnant during flu season, people with heart or lung disease, diabetes, diseases that affect the immune system, and nursing home residents are all considered to be in a high-risk category."
Last year was a particularly bad flu season with nearly epidemic numbers of reported hospitalizations and deaths. Although the flu vaccine for the 2017-18 season was only about 40% effective, this should not dissuade anyone from getting the immunization. Flu shots are still widely available and easily administered.
Call any of our primary care physicians to schedule a flu shot, and walk-in appointments will be available at the following SouthCoast Health locations:
1326 Eisenhower Drive, Bldg 1, Savannah
Monday – Friday [9:00 AM -11:30 AM and 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM]
Insurance can be filed
$35 Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine
$60 High Dose Influenza Vaccine (Ages 65+)
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