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When to get vaccinated for flu?
Yearly flu vaccination should begin in March or as soon as vaccine is available (January-February) and continue throughout the influenza season (June to September), into December.. This is because the timing and duration of influenza seasons vary. While influenza outbreaks can happen as early as May-June, most of the time influenza activity peaks in August to September or even later.
Who should get vaccinated for flu?
While EVERYONE should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
People 50 years of age and older
People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
Health care workers
Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Who needs pneumonia vaccines?
1. Single dose ( no need for revaccination)
a. all persons > 65 y/o
b. 2-64 years old + any of the following ( congestive heart failure, Cardiomyopathy,COPD, Diabetes)
c. 2-64 years old +Functional or anatomic asplenia
d. 19-64 y/o + smoking history/ asthmatic
2. Who neeeds pneumonia REvaccination (no more than 2 doses)
a.If the first dose was given prior to age 65 y/o, give a single revaccination at age 65 y/o
b.Give a single revaccination if 5 years or more have elapsed since the first dose
Who needs cervical cancer vaccine ? ( updated 2014)
Optimum time: Before onset of sexual intercourse
To be most effective, the HPV vaccine should be given before a person becomes sexually active, and in 3 doses within one year. The Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that the vaccine be routinely given to females aged 11 to 12 and as early as age 9 years at the discretion of doctors. The committee also recommended women ages 13 to 26 who have not yet been vaccinated receive "catch-up" vaccinations. 2014 update 9-14 y./o 2 doses, 15 y/o and above 3 doses.
Source: Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Who needs Hepatitis B vaccination?
According to CDC (www.cdc.gov) the following needs hepatitis B vaccination:
All infants, starting with the first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine at birth
All children and adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not been vaccinated
People whose sex partners have Hepatitis B
Sexually active persons who are not in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship.
Persons seeking evaluation or treatment for a sexually transmitted disease
Men who have sexual contact with other men
People who share needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment
People who have close household contact with someone infected with the Hepatitis B virus
Health care and public safety workers at risk for exposure to blood or blood-contaminated body fluids on the job
People with end-stage renal disease, including predialysis, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and home dialysis patients
Residents and staff of facilities for developmentally disabled persons
Travelers to regions with moderate or high rates of Hepatitis B
People with chronic liver disease
People with HIV infection
Anyone who wishes to be protected from Hepatitis B virus infection
Dosing interval of hepatitis B vaccine?
- 3 doses (0,1, 6 months)
- if with missed months there's no need to restart
- 4th dose (booster dose) is reserved for immunocompromised or on dialysis
We believe that vaccination is an integral part of preventive healthcare hence the public should not be deprived of its benefit due to its high cost. Together with our pharmaceutical partners ( GSK,MSD and Sanofi Pasteur) Alviar Medical Adult Vaccination program offers you the lowest priced vaccine, patient education through its " Life at 80: Lay Fora" and personalized vaccination plan for you and your loved ones.