Flu Shots

Flu Shots and Pneumonia Shots

Fact Sheet on the new Fluzone High Dose Flu Vaccine made especially for Seniors over 65

By the grace of God our practice has offered flu shots and pneumonia shots to the general public for many years, even during times of vaccine “shortage”. We accept assignment from Medicare B, Humana Medicare PPO and several Medicare Fee For Service (“Advantage”) plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Medicare HMO and the Villages United Health Care Medicare Complete HMO. If you have commercial insurance, we are happy to file claims to and accept assignment from Blue Cross, Humana PPO or United Health Care once we have verified you have coverage for these vaccines. Any co-pays or deductibles are payable at time of service, but under the Affordable Care Act most insurances cover in-network vaccines with no out-of-pocket expense for you. Vaccine related charges are payable by cash or check only. Please bring a copy of your Medicare card or insurance card and a copy of your driver’s license to enable us to file your insurance accurately. For other insurances we ask that you pay for your shots at time of service. We can provide you a receipt which you may submit for reimbursement.

Other Vaccines available at Emmanuel Christian Health Center

We offer shots to prevent flu, pneumonia, shingles, tetanus/diphtheria, whooping cough, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, and typhoid fever. For more information call our office at (352) 259-1991.

Frequently asked questions
about flu shots, shingles shots and other vaccines

Q: Is it too early if I take my flu shot before October?
A: No, since 2007 the first lots of flu vaccine have usually been released by the FDA in July and August. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that flu shots begin as soon as flu vaccine first becomes available and continue throughout the flu season. Although flu usually peaks during October to March, outbreaks of flu can occur at other times of the year. It takes about two weeks to build up resistance to flu after you receive a flu shot.

Q: What are the different types of flu vaccine available at this office?
A: Regular trivalent flu vaccine  protects against 2 influenza A strains and 1 influenza B strain.  High dose flu protects against the same 3 flu strains as regular trivalent vaccine but it has 4 times the active ingredients of a regular flu shot. This stronger flu shot is made especially for seniors 65 and older because it gives a better immune response against flu as the immune system weakens with age.  Quadrivalent regular flu vaccine is a regular strength vaccine but it protects against an extra Influenza B strain not found in trivalent flu vaccine. Teenagers and young adults are most susceptible to the B flu strains, but adults of all ages may take a quadrivalent flu shot.  We also offer preservative free flu vaccines for those who are allergic to thimerosal. All high dose flu shots are preservative free.

Q: Can I take a shingles shot if I have already had shingles?
A: Yes, the Centers for Disease Control and other vaccine experts recommend that shingles vaccine be offered to anyone over 60, even if they have had shingles already. The FDA has approved shingles vaccines for persons as young as 50.

Q: I don’t think I ever had chicken pox. Can I still take shingles vaccine?
A: Yes, if you are over 50 you should take the vaccine even if you do not recall having chickenpox. 90% of senior adults have had chickenpox at some point although some don’t remember the episode. For the 10% who truly have not had chickenpox before, there is no known danger to taking the shingles vaccine anyway.

Q: How often do I need a pneumonia shot?
A: If you have no other health problems, there are now two different pneumonia vaccines which you should take after the age of 65. New CDC guidelines state seniors who had Pneumovax-23 after age 65 now also need a one-time shot of new Prevnar-13 pneumonia vaccine for lifetime protection. Those who never had pneumonia vaccine since age 65 need Prevnar-13, followed months later by Pneumovax-23. Seniors who had Pneumovax 23 before age 65 still need a “lifetime” dose of Pneumovax after age 65 as well as a dose of Prevnar 13. Our staff will be happy to help you figure which of these vaccines you need and when you should take them. Both of the pneumonia vaccines are covered by Medicare and available in our office without appointment. If you are under the age of 65 and have diseases or risk factors that weaken your resistance to pneumonia, (like diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, lung disease, etc.) then you should have an initial pneumonia shot at any age and in some cases may require a booster to your pneumonia shot after 5 years.

Q: How often do I need a booster for my tetanus shot?
A: Tetanus booster shots should be repeated every 10 years. If you have a severe cut or “dirty” puncture wound you should get a tetanus booster shot if it has been more than 5 years since your last booster.

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