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September 22, 2016
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Buyer Beware: Flu Shots? Get the Best

The Asthma Center physicians and staff get flu shots too!  In the above picture taken 09/22/2016 in The Asthma Center’s Woodbury, NJ office (courtesy staffer  Shannon Cephas, LPN), Clinical Supervisor Sandy Richards, RN administers the quadrivalent flu shot to Medical Secretary Michelle Wood!

For interviews regarding flu shots and/or tours of the Delaware Valley’s only certified pollen and mold spore stations for the National Allergy Bureau (NAB), please email gwoodlyn@asthmacenter.com

The health information contained in this article is meant for basic informational purposes only.  It is not intended to serve as medical advice, substitute for a doctor’s appointment or to be used for diagnosing or treating a disease.

Flu Season has started—Now, and over the coming months, is the time to get your flu shot.

 

Flu Shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older and are available at The Asthma Center because flu shots are one of the most important steps you can take to prevent getting the “flu.”

 

⋅ Four is Better Than Three 

The Asthma Center physicians highly recommend the new quadrivalent (4 strain) influenza vaccine.  This is the vaccine administered by our practice because it provides the most complete protection against the “flu” this winter. The quadrivalent vaccine contains the four most common types of the influenza virus versus only three types in the older trivalent (3 strain) vaccine. 

⋅ Buyer Beware 

Many local pharmacies and other medical facilities have continued to administer the inferior (less expensive) trivalent influenza vaccine when a patient asks for a “flu shot”. So, be sure to ask for the quadrivalent formulation.

⋅ New & Vital Info for Parents

Children are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to the “flu,” and every parent needs to know:

For the 2016-2017 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) only recommend injectable flu shots!

 The CDC is not recommending the FDA approved nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) this year because of concerns about how well it works.

 What if my child is afraid of needles?

The Asthma Center physicians and staff have years of experience in providing the best care including vaccines, allergy shots, and allergy skin testing to children of all ages (and adults.)  We know that no two individuals are alike, and we take pride in tailoring and providing personalized care in a safe, comfortable, and compassionate environment.

⋅ Customized Experience & Care 

At The Asthma Center, we personalize your experience by choosing the form of the influenza vaccine that is right for you –  multiple doses for young children, preservative-free for those with preservative sensitivities, high-dose for those over 65 years of age and the quadrivalent vaccine for those not requiring alternative formulations. And, most importantly, we are there for you in the unlikely event you experience an adverse reaction to the vaccine. 

Did you know that you should wait for 30 minutes after administration of any vaccine so that if an immediate severe reaction (anaphylaxis) occurs, you can be immediately treated?

What if you have a reaction to the flu shot

It might seem convenient, but have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a reaction to a vaccine in a facility where a physician is not available? Who is there to counsel and treat you?

At The Asthma Center, all of our locations are well equipped to handle reactions.  All of The Asthma Center physicians and staff are trained to recognize and treat reactions to vaccine.  Taking care of you is our top priority.

⋅ The Asthma Center Flu Shots are Available for Everyone 

The Asthma Center makes flu shots available for everyone aged 6 months and older (not just current patients.)

Call now to schedule your appointment for a flu shot now!

⋅ Convenient Locations with Saturday Hours

Don’t wait! Schedule your “quadrivalent” flu shot today in one of our 9 locations!!

You can schedule your appointment during our regular office hours, or on some selected Saturdays!

Call the office nearest you today to schedule your appointment.

 

Make an appointment to see an allergist – Why Choose Us?

The best way to fight your allergies & asthma is to visit a board certified allergist, learn what your allergies are, create a treatment plan, and adjust as needed. No two allergy & asthma sufferers are alike, so don’t rely on over-the-counter medications when you could be targeting your symptoms with the help of our allergy experts!  At The Asthma Center, our goal is to personalize your treatment to help you find relief.  One way we accomplish this is by identifying your allergies and specific levels of allergic sensitivity through allergy skin testing to help you plan your treatment. By following the local pollen counts, we are able to customize allergy regimens that prevent symptoms caused by taking too little or too much allergy medication.

Did You Know – Pollen & Mold Spore Counts Direct to Your Inbox!

The Asthma Center’s daily Pollen and Mold Spore Count, the Delaware Valley’s only Official count station which is certified by the National Allergy Bureau are now available via email. Subscribe to receive our daily counts by email or check out some of our other blog posts to learn more about what is in the air, how it can affect you, and what you can do about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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