Medical Diagnostic Associates, PA
Time to get your Flu Vaccine

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

Medical Diagnostic Associates' Infectious disease doctors located in Westfield, New Jersey offer consultations, immunizations and medications to help protect you from infectious disease. You can get vaccinated for seasonal flu at MDA.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. The CDC recommends that all persons over 6 months receive a yearly flu vaccination.

There are two types of vaccines:

Remember that Influenza occurs throughout the year worldwide because of the difference in seasons, therefore people at high risk of flu complications who travel to the Southern hemisphere between April and September or to the tropics or in organized tourist groups at any time are recommended to get the flu vaccine.

Preventing influenza

For most people the Influenza vaccine prevents serious Influenza related illness. Influenza viruses are always changing. Because of this viral shift, Influenza vaccines are updated every year, and an annual vaccination is recommended. Protection lasts up to a year. It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination.

Some inactivated Influenza vaccine contains thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury. There are, however, some thimerosal free and preservative free types of the flu vaccine available at your request.

When to Get Vaccinated

Plan to get the Influenza vaccine in October or November. Getting vaccinated later will still be beneficial in most years. You can get the vaccine as soon as it is available, and for as long as illness is occurring.

Influenza illness can occur any time from November through May with the peak of cases usually occurring in January or February. Most people need one dose of Influenza vaccine each year. Influenza vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines, including Pneumococcal vaccine.

What is the flu?

Influenza, commonly shortened to "flu," is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. The flu is spreads from infected persons to the nose or throat of others. The flu virus attacks the body by spreading through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract.

Annual influenza vaccination is an important public health measure for preventing the spread of the influenza infection.

Tracking Influenza

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and its reporting network, tracks influenza viruses throughout the world to monitor disease activity and to predict the strains for inclusion in the annual influenza vaccine. This information, which is updated weekly during influenza season, is available on the CDC’s web site. In addition, FluNet, a database for global influenza virus surveillance, is available on the WHO’s web site.

Contact Us

Call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the immunizations you need to protect your health. Many adolescents and adults are under immunized, missing the opportunity to protect themselves from diseases such as seasonal flu, chickenpox, and whooping cough.

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Office Location

525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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