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The new school year has barely begun, but pharmacies and doctors offices are already encouraging us to line up for our flu shots. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get their vaccines by the end of October. What’s the right call?

The timing of flu season in the United States changes every year (the flu virus itself changes its genes even more frequently!), but it typically reaches its peak in early winter, between December and February. This is the window in which you really want to be sure you’re protected, particularly if you are pregnant, have one of these medical conditions or are over the age of 65.

So how do you make sure you’re covered? Get your flu shot in late September or early October. At the very latest, by Halloween. Here’s why:

“We know that antibodies peak four to six weeks after getting a vaccine, then slowly go down over the next six months,” says Ann Falsey, MD, professor of medicine in the infectious diseases unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Theoretically, you could be less protected during flu season’s winter peak if you get your vaccination too early.

So why are schools and pharmacies pushing those flu vaccines now? It’s possible that schools are trying to get ahead of the game to avoid a potential wave of sick kids early in the year. Maybe they’re trying to spread appointments out to avoid an onslaught in October. Or maybe, pharmacies recognize our procrastinator tendencies and are just trying to give us a heads up.

Whatever the reason, the core message is the same: unless you have a specific, medical reason not to get vaccinated (like a history of allergic reactions), it is vital that you do so, for your health and for the health of your community. 

Where to get your flu shot:

  • Your primary doctor’s office
  • Local pharmacy (i.e., Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS)
  • Urgent-care clinic
  • Your workplace or college
  • Mobile medical unit (more common in big cities)

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/when-is-the-best-time-to-get-a-flu-shot.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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