Flu Season 2011
This year the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. It is especially important for children, adults with chronic diseases or for those over the age of 65 to receive the vaccine. Getting the flu vaccine not only protects you- it also protects your family, your friends and your colleagues at work and school- if you don't get sick, then they have a better chance of staying healthy as well.
Flu vaccines are available at the health center for all children under the age of 18. Both Flumist (nasal vaccine) and flu shots are available. The nasal vaccine is recommended for healthy, non pregnant adults and children between the ages of 2 and 49 years . The nasal vaccine is a safe, easy and effective way to protect you and your children from the flu virus.
Flu shots are also available for children who cannot receive the nasal vaccine. Your primary care provider or nurse will help to decide which is the best method for your child.
Children aged 6 months through 8 years may need two doses of influenza vaccine (given at least 4 weeks apart) if this is the first time they are receiving flu vaccine. Two doses helps to make sure that children are fully protected from the flu virus.
Adult flu vaccines will also be available at the health center. Vaccines will be given free to those patients who have no health insurance or those who have limited insurance which does not cover the flu vaccine.
Those patients who are insured may choose to have their vaccine given at the health center or by visiting other local flu vaccine sites, such as pharmacies. Flu shots can be given during your regular health care appointment or an appointment can be scheduled with a nurse. Your health insurance will cover the cost of the vaccine.
Please call Bowdoin Street Health Center at 617-754-0100 for information and an appointment to receive the flu vaccine. The earlier you receive the vaccine- the better protected you will be when the flu season arrives!!