It Is Still Very Important to Get Your Annual Flu Shot…
New variants of the COVID-19 coronavirus, influenza, and other viruses will be circulating and spreading over the coming months. Flu and other viral infections can trigger asthma attacks and a worsening of asthma symptoms. Influenza also can lead to pneumonia and other acute respiratory diseases. Reports indicate that Australia is nearing the end of its worst flu season in five years. Flu season in Australia is often an indication of what's to come in the U.S.
The best way to stay healthy this coming season is to be vaccinated against both COVID-19 and influenza.
Flu shots are available to Atlanta Allergy & Asthma patients at all 18 locations. Although the influenza vaccine is recommended for most children and adults, it is especially important that our patients with asthma, chronic sinusitis, and immunodeficiency receive their yearly flu shot. Patients between the ages of 6 months and 65 years should visit their Atlanta Allergy & Asthma office to receive the 2021/2022 influenza vaccine. (It is recommended that patients over the age of 65 receive the high-dose influenza vaccine which AA&A does not administer. Please visit your primary care physician or local pharmacy.)
No appointment is necessary, however, you should be a current patient. Flu shots can be given to most immunotherapy patients 30 minutes after receiving your allergy injection. Protection from the vaccine begins about two weeks after the injection and is thought to last for the influenza season.
Protect Your Community
Getting the flu vaccine will not only protect you and your family, but also the community. Our healthcare systems, already stressed, may become overwhelmed treating patients with flu, COVID-19, and other viruses this year. By getting the flu vaccine, we can hope to decrease the utilization of our healthcare system preserving resources for those that need it most.
If you have not been seen recently, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with your Atlanta Allergy provider. The better your baseline health going into this season, the better you will be able to fight any infections that come your way. Schedule an in-office or telehealth visit.
* Please note that some insurance plans may not cover the influenza vaccine if received in our office. You may prefer to visit your primary care practice for this year’s flu vaccine. Please check coverage of your specific insurance plan. If your insurance does not cover, and you receive the vaccine from AA&A, you will be required to pay the out-of-pocket expense.