Flu & Pneumonia Vaccine Information
Watson Clinic Flu Information Line: 863-680-7FLU (7358)
Seasonal Flu & Pneumonia Vaccine Update:
The Centers for Disease Control have reported that the flu has become widespread in most states including Florida. Of course, the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.
Watson Clinic's walk-in flu clinics will open Wednesday, September 6. Vaccines will be administered exclusively to Watson Clinic patients through their primary care physician offices or a series of flu clinics. The days and hours of operation for each of the walk-in flu clinics are as follows:
If a patient does not receive their immunization during one of these flu clinics, they may do so during a regularly scheduled appointment with their Watson Clinic primary care physician at most locations.
In addition to the regular flu vaccination, the clinic is also providing the High Dose Flu vaccine for patients who are 65 years of age or older. For those same patients, they are also offering both forms of the pneumonia vaccine - Prevnar and Pneumovax - if they meet the criteria to receive it.
Pneumonia vaccines protect against the threat of pneumonia - for our patients aged 65 and older who have not received the vaccination in prior years. The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for those who suffer from chronic illnesses, especially cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, and additional chronic conditions. The vaccine is not for people who suffer an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients, are moderately to severely ill at the time of injection, and it’s not recommended for women who are pregnant.
Vaccinations are recommended between September and November as flu activity in the United States generally peaks between late December and early March.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that causes mild to severe illness, and in some situations, can lead to death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each fall. Certain populations are at increased risk for flu complications including older people, young children and people with certain health conditions.
If you have contracted the flu, you should strictly follow your physician’s recommendations. Patients should also make the nurse or physician aware if they are on Coumadin medication.
Patients with the following conditions should consult with their physician prior to receiving the seasonal flu vaccine:
- You are pregnant
- You are allergic to chicken, chicken eggs, chicken feathers, chicken dander or Thimerosol (a mercury derivative preservative)
- You have ever had a reaction to a prior flu vaccine
- You have an active neurologic disorder
- You have a fever, acute respiratory or other infection or illness
- Have received another type of vaccine during the past 14 days other than the influenza (flu) vaccine.
In order to stay healthy, we recommend you do the following:
- When you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when possible and dispose of these tissues promptly
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based cleaner
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as this promotes the spread of germs
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious food and drink fluids
The Centers for Disease Control recommend staying home from work or school if you experience flu-like symptoms.
If you experience flu symptoms, you may want to contact your doctor's office to determine if influenza testing or treatment may be needed. You should seek emergency care if you experience the following:
Shortness of breath, sudden dizziness, confusion, and severe or consistent vomiting. In children, seek emergency care if they experience trouble breathing, bluish skin color, lack of interaction or irritability, and a fever with a rash or severe flu-like symptoms.
For more information from the Centers for Disease Control, please visit their website at www.cdc.gov
Patients requiring more information are encouraged to consult their physician, or call the Flu Information Line at 863-680-7FLU (7358).
We will keep you updated on a frequent basis as new information becomes available.