Why get a Flu shot at Apex MD?
Apex MD gives more than the Flu Vaccine!
Apex MD will file the cost of the vaccine with insurance plans that we participate with (please refer to the insurance menu item). All deductibles and applicable co-insurances will be the responsibility of the patient if there is no secondary coverage. Some insurance plans do cover the cost at 100%, please contact your insurance plan representative.
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease.
Influenza viruses are always changing, so annual vaccination is recommended. Each year scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause flu that year. Flu vaccine will not prevent disease from other viruses, including flu viruses not contained in the vaccine.
It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot. Protection lasts about a year.
Prevention is key and flu vaccines help make prevention possible.
Who should be vaccinated?
Most people should get a flu shot. Some people have a higher risk of flu complications, like pneumonia, and should get the vaccine early (October) so they're adequately protected before flu season hits.
Who is at higher risk?
Children aged 6 months to their 19th birthday
People 50 years of age and older
All women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season
Residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
Individuals who have long-term health problems
Children aged 6 months to 18 years who are on chronic aspirin therapy
Health care workers who have direct contact with patients
Caregivers and household contacts of children less than 6 months of age.
Who should not get a flu shot?
People who have had an allergic reaction to a flu shot in the past
People with an allergy to eggs
Infants under 6 months of age
People who previously developed Guillain-Barre Syndrone, a rare medical condition that affects the immune system and nerves
People who have a fever
When should I get vaccinated?
Experts suggest getting the flu vaccine before Thanksgiving but getting vaccinated makes sense any time during flu season which may last from October to May.
Do I need to be vaccinated every year?
Yes, flu viruses change, so flu vaccines must change, too. Each year's vaccine is unique, cultivated from the flu strains health officials believe will be most common that year.
For additional information, visit the CDC Flu Site.