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Posted on October 15, 2015

Flu Season Comes in November through March

It is never too late to get your flu shot. We administer this years flu shot all year until the new flu shot comes out each October/November then we use the new one for that year.  Just because flu seems to be moving out of the county, this years flu shot will still offer some benefit for next years flu for most people.

Some parents ask if a person with egg allergy can get the flu shot.  The answer is yes, unless the person has had an anaphylactic reaction when they eat eggs–those persons with a history of trouble breathing or swallowing after eating eggs need to discuss the situation with their provider before they get the flu shot.

Flu season arrives in November usually, and if your child is immunized in the fall they likely will have minor symptoms if at all.  Our fall immunization program begins in October each year.  Tamiflu may be helpful if your child was not immunized, but remember it is not very effective if given after the 2nd day of illness.  The highest risk individuals are those under age 2, the elderly, the obese, pregnant women, Native Americans, and those with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease or those on daily aspirin.  If your household includes one of these persons, then be sure the whole household is immunized against the flu.  Another couple good infection fighting practices you can do during flu season:  Use hand sanitizer when touching shopping carts; lysol hard surfaces at home twice a day; take your daily shower when you get home, not just before you leave home–leave the germs in the laundry and the shower!