Duke Signature Care: Flu season coming soon

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Labor Day typically marks the end of summer. It is the start of school for many students, it may be the time some stop wearing white, but most importantly, it is the time to start to think about getting your flu shot.

Last year’s influenza season was classified as high severity by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for all age groups. There were over 30,000 laboratory-confirmed influenza-related hospitalizations. Persons aged ≥65 years accounted for approximately 58% of the reported influenza-associated hospitalizations.

While the flu season typically runs between October and early May, now is the time to get your flu shot. There are several preparations this flu season. The inactivated quadrivalent vaccine is recommended for those 6 months to 64 years, the inactivated high-dose vaccine is recommended for those 65 years and over. Please review any questions you have with your physician.

Please visit us at either of our two Signature Care Clinic offices to get your flu vaccine. This would be would be an opportune time to visit our new South Durham office also.   
To improve access and wait times you are encouraged to call 919-660-6746 ahead of arrival.  Preferred times would be in the afternoon between 1:00 and 4:30.               
                                       
Finally, we understand that the availability of the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, is still a concern at many pharmacies. We are monitoring the situation and will provide updated information when it is available. 

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Kathleen A. Waite, MD

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