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Influenza Injections ... Who Needs Them?
By Michael S. Rowe, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.P.I.

Fall is the best time to get your flu shot.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year.

Routine annual vaccination is recommended for all persons age 6 months and older.  In general, health care providers and caregivers of young children (including day care personnel) as well as all children never previously immunized under the age of 9 years (may need a second injection at least 4 weeks after the first) should receive their vaccine soon.

Vaccination is particularly important for individuals at increased risk for complications from influenza or at higher risk of exposure to individuals with the flu. 
This includes:

  • All children age 6 through 59 months
  • All persons age > 50 years
  • Adults and children with chronic diseases including asthma
  • Persons with immunosuppression
  • Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season
  • Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities
  • Health care and public safety workers

As the intranasal vaccination contains live virus, it is not recommended for individuals with asthma nor should it be administered to any of their household contacts. 

The influenza injection, however, is an inactivated (killed virus) vaccine and cannot cause an influenza illness.

Call our office at 248-473-6400 and arrange to receive your flu shot!  Family members and friends are welcome.

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