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Boo! It’s Time for a Flu Shot – Ideally, Before Halloween
Posted on: 10/23/2018

When should your patients get a flu shot?


With the flu seasons typically starting in October – and factoring in the two-week delay from administration of the shot to full protection – it's not too early for patients to receive the influenza vaccine. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that patients receive the flu vaccine by the end of October – before Halloween.

Everyone six months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine, especially those patients who are at high risk of developing complications related to flu:

  • Children younger than five
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Patients with pre-existing medical conditions

So as patients prepare their Halloween costumes, encourage them to also "get outfitted" with the flu shot. After all, influenza can be a "scary" illness.

Visit our comprehensive Immunizations and Vaccinations web page.

If you have questions, the experts of the ISMS health policy team are ready to help you! Just call 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email.

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