It's Flu Season Again! Get the protection you need with a personal touch at The Shot Nurse
There is a convenient way for you to stay healthy this year. The Shot Nurse provides flu vaccinations. Seasonal Flu Vaccine is available at all Memphis locations. Flu Shots are $25. With no waiting and no pain, it's never a problem to get protected from the flu at The Shot Nurse!
The 2016-2017 FLU VACCINE IS NOW AVAILABLE - Both QUADRIVALENT AND TRIVALENT. We also have the HIGH DOSE FLU VACCINE FOR THOSE >65
INFO FOR NEW QUADRIVALENT FLU VACCINE
The CDC advises Universal Annual Flu Vaccination for EVERYONE over 6 months.
* The Shot Nurse vaccinates children 3yr & up
* Car-Side Service for persons with impaired mobility
For groups of 10 or more, The Shot Nurse Comes to You!
For groups of 10 or more, a registered nurse will visit your facility to administer Influenza vaccinations to anyone who wishes to participate. The company or individuals may pay by cash or check. To pay by credit card, use our online prepay option. Click here to schedule a group appointment at your facility.
Facts to Know about a Flu Shot
- The FLU SHOT vaccine is a killed virus, which is safe and DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE FLU!
- People who are allergic to eggs or have a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome should not take the flu vaccine.
- The vaccine provides immunity for the entire flu season.
- It takes approximately two weeks to develop immunity after receiving the vaccine.
- It is recommended that flu shots be administered in the fall for best results.
Influenza is caused by a virus that spreads from one infected person to another by nose or throat. Influenza can cause
- Sore Throat
- Muscle and body aches
Who Should Get the Influenza Vaccine?
All High-Risk Persons, anyone who does not want to get the flu, and school-aged children should get the vaccine. High risks persons include:
- Anyone 2 - 64 years old with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease( especially asthmatics), diabetes or an immunosuppressive disorder.
- Pregnant Women or women who will be pregnant during flu season
- All Children 6 months to 18 years old. (The Shot Nurse does not administer influenza vaccine to children under 4 years of age; we recommend getting them at your pediatrician).
- Anyone 65 years or older.
How do flu vaccines work?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
What kinds of flu vaccines are available?
There are several flu vaccine options for the 2016-2017 flu season.
Traditional flu vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses (called "trivalent" vaccines) are available. In addition, flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called "quadrivalent" vaccines) also are available.
Trivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus. The following trivalent flu vaccines are available:
- Standard-dose trivalent shots (IIV3) that are manufactured using virus grown in eggs. Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up.
- An intradermal quadrivalent shot, which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot. It is approved for people 18 through 64 years of age.
- A high-dose trivalent shot, approved for people 65 and older.
- A quadrivalent shot containing virus grown in cell culture, which is approved for people 4 years and older.
- A recombinant trivalent shot that is egg-free, approved for people 18 through 49 years of age.
(*"Healthy" in this instance refers to children 2 years through 8 years old who do not have an underlying medical condition that predisposes them to influenza complications.)
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for "universal" flu vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu to more people.
Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. See People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications for a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated?
Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people. Factors that can determine a person's suitability for vaccination, or vaccination with a particular vaccine, include a person's age, health (current and past) and any relevant allergies, including an egg allergy.
- People who cannot get a flu shot because of an Egg allergy or previous serious complications
When should I get vaccinated?
Flu vaccination should begin soon after vaccine becomes available, ideally by October. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even in January or later. While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, during most seasons influenza activity peaks in January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.
Flu vaccine is produced by private manufacturers, so availability depends on when production is completed. Shipments began in late July and August and will continue throughout September and October until all vaccine is distributed.
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