Getting A Flu Shot To Protect The Elderly In 2020

Did you know that by getting your flu shot, you could be protecting the elderly in your community, and family? 

That’s right! It’s not only about you. Getting a flu shot is one of the many things you can do to help protect your community. Research has shown that adults over the age of 65 are at high risk for developing serious complications from the flu. Additionally, flu vaccines are meant to be received every year because the virus keeps changing. This year type A influenza has been circulating its way around Connecticut. Immunity also wanes over a year,  so annual vaccinations are needed to ensure that you and everyone else around you is protected from the flu this season. AFC Urgent Care Vernon is here to help you learn more about the flu shot and how it can help protect seniors in your community. 

What’s new with the flu shot this year?

As mentioned above the flu virus keeps changing every year so we are always updating the vaccines we administer to our patients. It is important to know the following new changes to the flu vaccine and what is the right one for you and your family.

  1. In January 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a change in dose volume for Fluzone Quadrivalent. Children in the age group of 6 months to 35 months will now be able to receive either 0.25 milliliters or 0.5 milliliters per dose.
  2. Flu vaccines have been updated to better match currently circulating viruses. The B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A(H3N2) component was updated.
  3. All LAIV vaccines will be quadrivalent, designed to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Most regular-dose egg-based flu shots will be quadrivalent.
  4. For the 2018-2019 season, the nasal spray flu vaccine — or live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV, often a go-to option for young children who hate shots — starting at 2 years of age, is recommended and available on a limited basis. Call us for eligibility and supply
  5. Cell-grown flu vaccine will be quadrivalent. For this flu vaccine, the virus A(H3N2) and both influenza B reference viruses will be cell-derived, and the influenza A(H1N1) will be egg-derived.
  6. The age recommendation for Fluarix Equivalent, which uses mammalian culture rather than chicken embryos, was changed from 3 years old and older to 6 months and older.
  7. The age recommendation for Afluria Quadrivalent, an inactivated influenza vaccine, was changed from 18 years and older to 5 years and older.

I’m healthy, so I don’t need a flu shot…right?

Wrong! Anyone can get the flu at anytime and any place. The flu is highly contagious and just because you haven’t gotten it yet, doesn’t mean you’re safe from it. A flu shot will always be the best safeguard against the flu. Also, again, it’s not just about you. 

A flu shot is also for protecting those with higher risks of flu complications. Getting a flu shot helps those with weaker immune systems like children, folks with weaker immune systems, pregnant women, babies under 6 months of age, and especially the elderly. The CDC is always getting-a-flu-shot-to-protect-the-elderly-in-2020-afc-urgent-care-vernonupdating their surveillance on influenza outbreaks in the U.S. Most reported flu-related cases are mainly adults over the age of 65. 

  • It is estimated that between 70 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in this age group.
  • 50 percent to 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in this age group.

Remember: When you get flu vaccines, you are not only protecting yourself against illness, but you are protecting everyone around you as well.

Our motto is “Flu immunity in the community!”

AFC Vernon can keep you flu protected!

AFC Urgent Care Vernon wants to keep you safe and healthy from the flu. The virus is highly contagious and it’s our goal to make sure you have the most accurate information when it comes to the flu, what it is and what you can do about. We are here for you, going above and beyond urgent care. We’re ready to serve you 7 days a week, from 8am-8pm weekdays, 8am-5pm weekends. Come get your flu shot today!

AFC Urgent Care Vernon: 179 Talcotville Road Vernon, CT 06066 or Contact us for more information about this year’s flu shot.