The best way to prevent the flu from taking you out of the game this season is to get your yearly influenza vaccine. Westmed Medical Group is offering quadravalent (protective against four different flu viruses), preservative-free and egg-free flu shots to reduce your family’s risk of both contracting and spreading the illness.
“Flu activity has already begun in our area and will continue until May,” says Dr. Steven Meixler, medical director at Westmed Medical Group.” It takes approximately two weeks after you are vaccinated for your body to develop the antibodies that protect against the flu strains that researchers predict will be most common this year.”
Patients can now get the flu vaccine during a regular office visit with their primary care physician (internist, OB/GYN or pediatrician) at Westmed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine.
Dr. Meixler says, “It’s especially important for certain groups to get immunized.” They are:
- Those at high risk of developing serious complications, like pneumonia, if they get sick with the flu (Such as those with conditions including asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease)
- People 65 years and older
- People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications
In addition to protective vaccines, Westmed is further prioritizing patient wellbeing during flu season by investing in new innovations used to sanitize all of its office locations and prevent the spread of illness. Anthony Viceroy, CEO at Westmed Medical Group, says, “We take patient safety very seriously and aim to provide the cleanest medical office environments by using a new non-toxic cleaning system approved by the FDA and the CDC.
“While the effective ingredients (hypochlorous acid, a strong non-toxic oxidizer, used with electrolyzed water) are extremely powerful,” he explains, “they are they not harmful to human beings and proven to be more effective than harmful chemicals. We are the first in the area to use this ‘green’ system, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to patient care through highly sanitized medical offices.”