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Flu Season Approaches

August 9, 2010

Back to school means many things to many people, but one thing it means to everyone is that flu season is starting soon!  So along with all the other details that must be attended to at this time of year, add getting your annual flu shot to the list! 

For those of you (or your children) who cringe at the idea of a shot, there is an alternative.  FluMist is an annual nasal spray vaccine for that offers the same protection from the flu as the traditional shot.

 

FluMist vs. Flu Shots

In addition to the benefit of not getting a shot, several studies have shown that FluMist may actually provide better protection against the flu than a flu shot. One study from the Journal of Pediatrics concluded, “Live attenuated influenza vaccine was a safe and more effective alternative to inactivated vaccine.”

WhiteGlove House Call Health now has a supply of FluMist available to help you get a jump on the approaching flu season. Since school is starting soon – if you act now this could be one less thing to worry about! This seasons’ flu vaccine includes H1N1 so you get everything in one dose.

There is a charge for the FluMist, call us (877-329-8081) and we can tell you how much based on your specific membership type. 

FluMist Isn’t For Everyone

 You should not get FluMist if you are:

  • Under 2 years of age
  • Or Over 50 years of age. 

 You should also not get FluMist if you have:

  • Asthma or other chronic heart or lung diseases, or kidney failure, diabetes, or illnesses that weaken the immune system
  • Chronic underlying medical conditions that may predispose you to severe flu infections
  • Are allergic to eggs or to a previous dose of the vaccine
  • Or are pregnant.

To read more about who should and should not receive FluMist, refer to the CDC website.

Want the shot, not the spray?  Our supply of flu shots will arrive late this month or early next month if you would prefer the shot. We’ll let you know when we get them in.  As always, WhiteGlove House Call Health will come to your home or office to administer your FluMist or flu shot, 365 days a year, from 8 am to 8 pm.

Note:  While most people will just require one dose of FluMist each year, children 2 to 8 years old need two doses at least 4 weeks apart the first year that they get FluMist.

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