Every season has something to love: Hot cocoa by the fireplace in winter, flowers blooming in spring, lazy summer afternoons, football in the fall.
But one season holds no charms at all: Flu season.
But we’re coming up on this most-dreaded fifth season, and — right on time — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come out with its 2017-18 influenza vaccination recommendations.
The full report is on the CDC website. But if you just want some highlights, here you go:
Routine annual flu vaccinations are recommended for anybody 6 months and older who would not have adverse reactions to the vaccine.
- For the 2017-18 season, quadrivalent and trivalent influenza vaccines will be available.
- Live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended out of concerns about its effectiveness against (H1N1)pdm09 viruses during the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons.
- Pregnant women may receive any licensed, recommended, age-appropriate influenza vaccine.
While we’re talking flu, don’t forget that Oct. 1 is Influenza Awareness Day, which the Texas Legislature created in 2013 to raise awareness of the health risks associated with the flu.
If you want to set up a flu shot clinic, Be Wise — ImmunizeSM has a variety of tools you can use, including:
A flu infographic in English and Spanish that you can post in your waiting room, download to your website or Facebook page, or hand out to patients.
- An annual flu fact sheet (also available in English and Spanish).
- A poster reminding your employees to get their flu shots that you can hang in your break room or other areas where your staff gather.
- Other educational and giveaway items for your Be Wise — Immunize flu shot clinic in October.
To order flu materials or to learn about hosting a shot clinic, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470.
Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance, funded in 2017 by the TMA Foundation through generous grants from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.