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Flu shots update

October 22, 2009

For those of you interested in getting either the seasonal or H1N1 vaccination, I got an update from NY Presbyterian- Cornell Weill today.  They basically said what our pediatricians said: they aren’t giving 3+ year olds the booster (2nd) shot of the seasonal flu vaccine yet as they have to give it to the youngest first to make sure the little ones are covered. The “word” is that Walgreens (in Murray Hill) and other locations have the H1N1 vaccine- but the wait is up to 2 hours to get one. Here is the site to find a Walgreens near you that is giving the shots.

This is from NY Presbyterian:

We currently have a smaller-than-expected supply of seasonal flu vaccines.  As a result we are vaccinating only current patients who are high-risk individuals at this time and will be offering vaccine to all other patients when we receive the rest of our supply.  We will send further communication when we receive additional vaccine.  We will not be giving booster (second) doses to children until we have received a more complete supply  If you have the ability to receive vaccine from work or a local drug store, please do so.  High risk individuals for seasonal flu vaccine include those who:
are aged 6 months–4 years (59 months);
have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), kidney, liver, neurologic/neuromuscular, hematological or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus);
are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and therefore might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
are residents of long-term care facilities;
are aged 50 years or older;
are women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
are residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
are health-care personnel (please receive vaccine from your employer if you can);
are household contacts and caregivers of children aged <6 months;
are household contacts and caregivers of persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza
If you fit one of the above categories and have not already received seasonal flu vaccine and wish to schedule an appointment please call our office at 646-962-7300 (east side practice) or 646-962-7800 (west side practice).  Alternatively, if you are a Weill Cornell Connect member you may request an appointment at www.weillcornell,org/connect.  If you wish to sign up or get more information about Weill Cornell Connect, our secure online health connection, please click here (www.weillcornell.org/connect) .

You can also find a center near you that may be offering the seasonal flu vaccine to adults and children by clicking here: (http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/flu/html/home/home.shtml)

H1N1 (“swine-flu”) VACCINE

We currently do not have this vaccine available, but anticipate receiving shipments in the next few weeks.  We will send an additional communication when we receive adequate doses with information about who should receive vaccine.  If you wish to read more about this vaccination and who is recommended to receive vaccine please go to www.flu.gov