• Importance of the Flu Shot

  • Flu season is upon us. Have the talk with your patients about getting an annual flu shot.

    While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, influenza activity usually peaks between December and March, although activity can last as late as May. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. 1

    People 65 years and older accounted for approximately 58% of reported laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations. Overall hospitalization rates (all ages) during 2017-2018 were the highest ever recorded in this surveillance system, breaking the previously high recorded during 2014-2015. 2

    For Affinity providers that would like to participate in the Children for Vaccines (VFC) program, call 800.543.7468 for more information.

    For those with Medicaid or CHPlus and are under 19 vaccines are covered by the New York State Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program (800.543.7468).

    1 https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/vaccines_for_children/

    2 https://www.cdc.gov/fl u/professionals/vaccination/vax-summary.htm