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Monday, September 15, 2014

Flu Clinic Time Again

It's that time of year!  Turke & Thomashow will hold its first flu clinic in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, October 11, from 8:45-11:00 a.m.  As usual, you can sign up in the office or call to make an appointment.

Because flu viruses start circulating in the fall, it's best to get a shot soon after the vaccines become available in October.  Flu season usually peaks around January or February, but it takes about 2 weeks for the shot to have an effect, and immunity should last through spring.

All 2014-2015 influenza vaccines protect against these 3 strains: 

an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
an A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)-like virus
a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.

Starting this season, the CDC recommends using the nasal spray vaccine (LAIV) for healthy children 2 through 8. Others do just as well with a shot.  Vaccination risks are too high for children under 6 months, so it's especially important for the people they live with to get vaccinated themselves.

If you can't make this clinic, call anytime to schedule a visit in Ann Arbor or Chelsea.


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