It is vital that your pharmacy or health-care center prebook flu vaccine for 2015-16. In recent times, local health authorities have urged people to have their shot before October. With the 2013-14 and 2014-15 flu seasons starting early, clients are increasingly conscious of the need to take precautions before winter begins. Flu antibodies do not develop until two weeks after vaccination, so do not let your clients down by failing to prebook flu vaccine.
A failure to order flu vaccine early could result in considerable delays for delivery, forcing frustrated patients to seek vaccination at another clinic or pharmacy. Keep your clients content and prebook flu vaccine today.
Threat to Elderly
In the past two seasons, H3N2 (Influenza A) has been the predominant strain. This virus is particularly serious for the elderly with the majority of patients who suffer severe symptoms aged over 65. If you are the medical director of an aged care facility, it is vital that you prebook flu vaccine to ensure your residents and staff are vaccinated to prevent a widespread outbreak. Your staff should also be taking the following precautions:
- Using excellent hand hygiene and infection control
- Screening visitors and refusing entry to those who present as unwell
- Keeping staff with flu symptoms away from the facility
Options for Children
If it is their first time to receive a flu vaccination, it is recommended that children aged between 6 months and 8 years receive 2 doses of vaccine, spaced 4 weeks apart. This will ensure optimal effectiveness. A nasal spray vaccine which is recommended for healthy individuals who are not pregnant aged from 2 – 49 years has become popular with parents and school districts. Consider this option when you prebook flu vaccine.
The new school year begins in September and many parents take precautions by seeking an early flu vaccination before their children return. In October 2014, an elementary school student was North Carolina’s first flu death for the season. It is therefore imperative that you offer parents and students this timely service.
New Year Panic
As a responsible health professional, you encourage everyone aged 6 months or older, including pregnant women, to undertake early prevention. Unfortunately, recent trends show that there is still high demand for vaccines late in the season. In 2013, for example, the emergence of the H1N1 strain caused many to boost their immune systems as late as February, leaving medical facilities scrambling for additional stock. Make sure you order adequate supplies of the following for the entire season:
- Multi-dose vials
- Nasal spray
- Pre-filled syringes
- Single-dose vials
Keep your clients safe, happy and healthy next winter. Be proactive in care for your clients and prebook your 2015-16 flu vaccine.