*This information will be updated frequently as guidelines from the CDC and Department of Health change
Why do I need a Flu vaccine every year?The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they continually change. Multiple studies have shown that the body's immunity to influenza viruses decline over time. Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout the season.
Who should get vaccinated for the Flu?Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine. It is important that the following people get vaccinated: Those at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu. People with medical conditions such as: asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. Pregnant women. People 65 and older Those that live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications.
When should I get vaccinated against the Flu?CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as the flu season vaccine becomes available in their community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. Flu vaccine availability depends on when production is completed. If everything goes as indicated by manufacturers, shipments are likely to begin in August. Healthcare providers are encouraged to begin vaccinating as the vaccine become available in their areas.
When will Flu activity begin and peak?The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue as late as May.
What type of Flu season is expected this year?Flu seasons are unpredictable The timing, severity, and length of the flu season depends on many factors, including what influenza viruses are spreading, whether they match the viruses in the vaccine and how many people get vaccinated.
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Getting vaccinated against preventable diseases is the best way to protect ourselves and our community
Let us help you protect your friends, family, and neighbors by getting your vaccines up to date. At Melrose Pharmacy, we are proud to offer vaccines including: influenza (seasonally), shingles, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
You have the power to protect yourself and the ones you love from influenza. Make sure your whole family gets their annual flu vaccine to help them fight off the flu bug.
The CDC recommends flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. We all know someone who is at risk of developing serious flu related complications. Pregnant women, young children, older people, and those with certain chronic medical conditions all have the highest risk.
Don’t let the painful, blistering rash of shingles hold you back from doing what you love. The 2-dose Shingrix shingles vaccine is 90% effective in preventing shingles.
The CDC recommends the vaccine for healthy adults 50 and older, including those who have had shingles, received Zostavax, or are not sure if they had chickenpox.
Medicare now covers Shingles vaccinations at no charge!