Flu infections in The Valley generally begin right around Christmas, but it can come earlier, so it’s worthwhile getting your flu shot as a preventive, and getting it at the proper time.
The end of September through November is the ideal time for the flu shot as it takes a few weeks for the shot to become effective, and the duration of the shot is not completely the same in every person (3-4 months or longer)…..so having it properly timed is a good start.
Second, you need to know which flu shot to get. There are many options out there, surprisingly, and although they all are effective, some offer different advantages.
For the 65 and over set, the high-dose flu shot is recommended. This is TRIVALENT (3 flu strains….2-Type A (most important) & 1 Type B). The high dose provides a boosted immunity in the older crowd, resulting in better protection
For the under 65 set, the standard dose TRIVALENT or the FLUBLOK QUADRIVALENT is desired. We are doing the FLUBLOCK QUADRIVALENT as it has two advantges:
1. NO EGG (Egg allergies are not an excuse people..there are no egg in the production of the genetically produced vaccine.)
2. QUADRIVALENT means (2-Type A & 2 Type B) which gives a broader coverage if Type B is prevalent in the coming season
Our Flu Vaccine Clinics are on Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30pm, starting September 19, 2018.
Please call to schedule your flu vaccine today! 480.614.5800
So…get your flu shot…whatever type available, but the seniors should get the high dose.