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  • What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season

    Posted on November 16, 2015 by in Heath Care News, News

    Cold and Flu Season - MinuteMed Walk In Clinic Lafayette LA

    What sort of flu season is expected this year?

    It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.

    Will new flu viruses circulate this season?

    Flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. For more information about how flu viruses change, visit How the Flu Virus Can Change.

    Will the United States have a flu epidemic?

    The United States experiences epidemics of seasonal flu each year. This time of year is called "flu season." In the United States, flu season occurs in the winter; flu outbreaks can happen as early as October and can last as late as May. CDC says the flu season begins when certain key flu indicators (for example, levels of influenza-like illness (ILI), hospitalization and deaths) rise and remain elevated for a number of consecutive weeks. Usually ILI increases first, followed by an increase in hospitalizations, which is then followed by increases in flu-associated deaths.

    When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?

    The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.

    What should I do to protect myself from flu this season?

    CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, if possible by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

    In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine if you have not already gotten vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.

    What should I do if I get sick with the flu?

    Antiviral drugs are prescription drugs that can be used to treat flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications (such as children younger than 2 years, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions) and people who are very sick with flu (such as those hospitalized because of flu) should get antiviral drugs. Some other people can be treated with antivirals at their health care professional’s discretion. Treating high risk people or people who are very sick with flu with antiviral drugs is very important. Studies show that prompt treatment with antiviral drugs can prevent serious flu complications. Prompt treatment can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.

    Treatment with antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness. Antiviral drugs are effective across all age-and risk groups. Studies show that antiviral drugs are under-prescribed for people who are at high risk of complications who get flu. This season, three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs are recommended for use in the United States: oseltamivir, zanamivir and peramivir.

    What should I do to protect my loved ones from flu?

    Encourage your loved ones to get vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, and their close contacts. Also, if you have a loved one who is at high risk of flu complications and who develops flu symptoms, encourage him or her to get a medical evaluation. He or she might need treatment with influenza antiviral drugs. CDC recommends that people who are at high risk for serious flu complications who get the flu be treated with influenza antiviral drugs as quickly as possible. People who are not at high risk for serious flu complications who get the flu may be treated with influenza antiviral drugs at their doctor’s discretion. Children between 6 months and 8 years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected from flu. The two doses should be given at least 4 weeks apart. Your child’s doctor or other health care professional can tell you whether your child needs two doses. If your child does need two doses of vaccine to be fully protected, it is a good idea to begin the vaccination process sooner rather than later. Visit Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine for more information.

    Children younger than 6 months are at higher risk of serious flu complications, but are too young to get a flu vaccine. Because of this, safeguarding them from flu is especially important. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from flu. See Advice for Caregivers of Young Children for more information.

    In addition to getting vaccinated, you and your loved ones can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.

    When should I get vaccinated?

    CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu soon after vaccine becomes available, if possible by October.

    It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

    Doctors and nurses are encouraged to begin vaccinating their patients soon after vaccine becomes available, preferably by October so as not to miss opportunities to vaccinate. Those children aged 6 months through 8 years who need two doses of vaccine should receive the first dose as soon as possible to allow time to get the second dose before the start of flu season. The two doses should be given at least four weeks apart.

    What kind of vaccines are available in the United States for 2015-2016?

    A number of different private sector vaccine manufacturers produce flu vaccine for use in the United States. This season both trivalent (three component) and quadrivalent (four component) influenza vaccines will be available. Different routes of administration are available for flu vaccines, including intramuscular, intradermal, jet injector and nasal spray vaccine.

    This season:

    • Intramuscular (IM) vaccines will be available in both trivalent and quadrivalent formulations. (High dose vaccines, which are IM vaccines, will all be trivalent this season.)
    • For people who are 18 through 64 years old, a jet injector can be used for delivery of one particular trivalent flu vaccine (AFLURIA® by bioCSL Inc.).
    • Nasal spray vaccines will all be quadrivalent this season.
    • Intradermal vaccine will all be quadrivalent.

    See Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine and How Flu Vaccines Are Made for more information.

    How much flu vaccine will be available this season?

    Flu vaccine is produced by private manufacturers, so supply depends on manufacturers. For this season, manufacturers have projected they will provide between 171 to 179 million doses of vaccine for the U.S. market. (Projections may change as the season progresses.)

    When will flu vaccine become available?

    The timing of vaccine availability depends on when production is completed. If everything goes as indicated by manufacturers, shipments may begin as early as July or August and continue throughout September and October until all of the vaccine is distributed.

    Where can I get a flu vaccine?

    Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools.

    Even if you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu vaccine somewhere else, like a health department, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, and often your school, college health center, or work.

    This snippet was taken from the CDC website.  The complete article can be seen at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2015-2016.htm

    MinuteMed Walk In Clinic has Flu Shots in stock and available at all three locations in Lafayette, Louisiana!

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    If you’re looking for high quality, personal service you’ve come to the right place. At MinuteMed Walk-In Medical Clinic (Lafayette Walk In Clinic) & Urgent Care in Lafayette, Louisiana, we’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. Walk-Ins are welcome or you can go to our “Contact Us” page and give us a call to schedule an appointment!

    MinuteMed is conveniently located with three locations in Lafayette, LA - Johnston Office, Ambassador Office and Verot Office. Let us put our experience to work for you. Our rates are competitive, with no hidden fees and no long wait times. Our employees are friendly and will be there to help you every step of the way.

    Lafayette Medical Services from MinuteMed Walk in Clinic & Urgent Care Facility is designed to provide affordable and timely minor medical and primary care to individuals in our community. Our Acadiana Walk In Clinic will offer services of experienced and friendly physicians and nurse practitioners to provide patients with thorough assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of minor ailments, as well as screening, preventative medicine, and health education.

    Our services include but are not limited to:

    • Minor illnesses such as Respiratory Illnesses, Eye, Ear, and Nasal Infections, etc.
    • Minor Injuries such as Muscle Strains, Wounds, Burns, Bites, etc.
    • Skin conditions such as Lice, Rashes, Fungal Infections,
      Sunburn, etc.
    • Wellness and Physical exams
    • Laboratory Test and Blood Work Interpretation
    • Flu, Tetanus, and TB Vaccinations
    • Screening for Breast and Prostrate Cancer, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol
    • Wart, Skin Tag, and Mole removal, Abscess Drainage, and Laceration Repair
    • Joint Injections
    • Laser hair removal
    • Botox Injections – Headaches, Excessive Underarm Sweating, and Wrinkles
    • Juvederm- Lip Enhancement and Facial Filler
    • Aviation Medical Examiner – We will be performing Pilot Physical Examinations and Health Certifications
    • In Home Sleep Study Testing and Treatment
    • School Physicals
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    MinuteMed Walk In Clinic Accepts All Private Insurances if not currently Enrolled we will attempt to include your insurance Company and charge you at the Insurance company rate.

    MinuteMed Walk In Clinic does not accept Medicare or Medicaid

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    WHAT IS PROMEDX?

    ProMedX is a state-certified healthcare membership policy which allows policy holders to receive minor medical care at a discounted rate.

    Who Can Sign Up For ProMedX?

    Those without any healthcare coverage. Those who only have major catastrophic or high deductible policies. Small business owners as part of a benefits package. Business owners looking for a less expensive option for minor medical care for their full-time or part-time employees. Business who are self-insured.

    What do I Get If I Join?

    Policy Holders pay only $20 per office visit. Your policy benefits include The office visit.  Treatment of your minor illness and injuries including but not limited to – allergy symptoms, coughs, flu-like symptoms, pink eye & styes, sore throat, urinary tract infection, skin conditions, cuts & lacerations, sprains & strains. Any required in-house lab work (US, UPT, rapid strep test, blood sugar, flu test, urine drug screen). Discounts on in-house prescription medications. Annual influenza vaccine (no office visit charge). Annual physicals for work or school and Much More.

    What is the Cost for ProMedX?

    Individual policies cost is a reasonable $50.00 per month per yearly contract effective the next business day. $20.00 exam fee per visit. $200.00 per month for a family of 4 or more. Optional $120.00 per member sign up fee. ($100.00 activation fee plus $20.00 exam fee. Allows policy to take effect same day and covers full price of your visit). May cancel the policy at any time after six months with written notice. You will not be denied a policy due to previously existing conditions.

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