Flu Shot Information
Flu season is just around the corner. One of the most important precautions you can take is to be sure you and your children wash hands frequently with soap and water. When you cough or sneeze, make sure it's into a tissue or your sleeve. But no matter how careful you are, you are still likely to come in contact with germs.
So the best way to prevent this disease from sending you to bed this winter is to get a flu shot now. It is the only immunization that needs to be repeated each and every year. The protection does not carry over from year to year. This year for the first time the the CDC strongly recommends vaccinations for everyone, with a special emphasis on vaccinating children for the first time. Children who have never had a flu shot need 2 shots, so it is best to get the series started early. There is no shortage of vaccine this year, so we do not have to prioritize who gets the vaccine.
It is especially important for those in high risk groups to get their flu shot(s):
1. People at high risk for complications from the flu, including:
- Children aged 6–59 months
- Pregnant women
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes/long-term care facilities
2. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
- Healthcare workers
Please make an appointment with your Primary Care Physician or, visit a local Flu Clinic. To locate a Flu Clinic, please click here: Locate a Flu Clinic
Get the Flu Shot, Not the Flu
The CDC recommends that everyone, age 6-months and older, get vaccinated against the flu. Contact your doctor about getting a flu shot today. If you are an ABMG HMO member and receive a flu shot at a clinic or pharmacy, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Download the vaccination reimbursement form.