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Flu Shot Tidbits

The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.

Annual flu viruses (not including flu pandemics) infect up to 20% of Americans, put 200,000 in the hospital with flu-related complications, and kill about 36,000 people.

The cost of treating annual flu epidemics, including lost wages and productivity of workers, is billions of dollars each year in just the United States alone.

There have been four major global flu pandemics since 1900: the Swine flu (officially named “Novel H1N1 Influenza A”), the Hong Kong flu (1968-1969), the Asian flu pandemic (1957-1958), and the Spanish flu (1918-1919).

The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic. It occurred in the three waves of increasing lethality.

  • It killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years.
  • More people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.
  • More Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

 

Viruses mutate more in one day than humans did in several million years.

Flu viruses can live up to 48 hours on hard, nonporous surfaces such as stainless steel and up to 12 hours on cloth and tissues.

It can take 1-2 weeks after being vaccinated before protective immunity develops.

The first time that children younger than 9 years old receive the flu vaccine they need to receive 2 doses at least a month apart from each other.

The flu vaccine can’t give you the flu. The vaccines only contain a dead piece of the flu virus, and a dead virus can’t infect you.

For further information on how a flu shot can help you, please call 360-734-5413 x118.

 

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Flu Shots, High dose, Flumists now available at Hoagland Pharmacy August 2012

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It is that time of year again and we are gearing up for our flu shots!  Flu Shots are now availabe at our store Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm.  We will not be offering flu shots from 1 pm to 2 pm.  It will cost $25 per person.  We will be able to bill most insurance plans, please bring your insurance card to our store and we can check your specific coverage!  If you have any questions, please e-mail  or call 685-5002

Flumists are also available for $35.  High dose for those 65 years and older is available for $55 and is billable to Medicare.

 

Are you traveling outside the country soon? We also offer other vaccinations! Check out our Travel vaccines page!

 

 

 

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100 Doses of Pediatric Flu Shots

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As promised (with fingers crossed!), we finally got a shipment of preservative-free, pediatric flu shots for children ages 6 months to 36 months. If this is the first year your child will be receiving a flu vaccination, they will need 2 doses approximately a month apart. Make sure you let us know if this is their first one!

Hours to receive flu shots are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Feel free to stop in with your child during those business hours.

We are still waiting for our shipments of the seasonal flu vaccines for adults and the novel H1N1 vaccines. We appreciate your patience in this matter as we cannot control when and if our shipments will arrive due to the high demand. As always, we will keep you posted whenever we know something!

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