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Ideally, Patients Should Get Flu Shots by Halloween
Posted on: 10/6/2017

Staying ahead of influenza is the goal behind the Illinois Department of Public Health's recommendation that Illinoisans receive a flu shot by the end of October

With the flu seasons typically starting in October – and factoring in the two-week delay from "shot to protection" – it's not too early for patients to receive the influenza vaccine right now! 

So as patients prepare their Halloween costumes, encourage them to also "get outfitted" with the flu shot. After all, influenza can be a "scary" illness.

Nasal spray again not recommended for upcoming flu season

Based on data from the past two flu seasons, there is still concerns about the effectiveness of the nasal spray vaccine. So for the 2017-2018 season, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending the flu shot and not the nasal spray


Access ISMS'  2017-2018 Influenza Formulation and Coding Guide, a handy one-look reference chart that organizes important vaccine information based on manufacturer, dosage, demographics, billing and diagnosis codes, and more.

Also visit our comprehensive Immunizations and Vaccinations web page.

If you have questions, the experts of the ISMS health policy team are ready to help you! Just call 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email.

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