Specialists in Allergy, Asthma and Sinusitis
Plan ahead of flu season: schedule your flu vaccination today
Flu vaccines are now available at all of our nine offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. All individuals older than six months of age are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to receive an annual flu vaccination. According to the CDC, this year's influenza vaccine should be much more effective than last year's which only matched 23 percent of circulating flu viruses due to the predominant flu strains changing after the vaccine had already been manufactured.
Fortunately, this year's flu vaccine is well matched to current circulating viruses that have already been identified in flu specimens throughout the United States. Therefore, the vast majorities of influenza strains are vulnerable to this year's influenza vaccination and should bring the vaccine effectiveness up to about 60-70 percent.
There are now several choices for influenza vaccination: egg-free, preservative-free, high-potency, nasal spray, quadrivalent vaccines (four strains of influenza), and the customary trivalent vaccine covering three flu strains. It is best to speak with one of The Asthma Center's specialists regarding which vaccine is best for you or your child. Most of these options are available at The Asthma Center. For patients who have had reactions to previous flu vaccines, The Asthma Center has specialized protocols to handle safe flu vaccinations in these cases.
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For our patients interested in new Sublingual Immunotherapy treatments, our physicians have prepared an informational piece for our patients that answer some of the questions regarding this treatment as opposed to more conventional treatments. Click here to read about Sublingual Immunotherapy for Seasonal Allergies.
, you may read it in our waiting room, or you may get a copy from the front desk when you are in the office.
Enjoy our printable, comprehensive guide on the care and management of asthma.