This year Community Healthcare Center is making the quadrivalent flu vaccine available to its patients. This vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. This vaccine offers better protection from the influenza virus compared to the trivalent flu vaccine offered in year's past. Previously, flu vaccines only offered protection against three different flu viruses - two different influenza A viruses and one different influenza B virus. Even though both influenza B viruses spread equally in most cases, experts have had to choose between two different B viruses for that year's vaccine. With the quadrivalent flu vaccine the patient is protected against both strains of the influenza B virus. Community Healthcare Center Page 2
Even though the quadrivalent flu vaccine has an increased protection by adding the extra influenza B virus strain, please realize that the current year's strains used in the vaccine is based on the prevalent strains that existed the previous year. So, even though you receive the vaccine, it does not guarantee you total protection against contracting the flu virus.
"When you get any flu vaccine, you may experience certain flu like symptoms," says Dr. Humphrey-Francois, Pediatrician at Community Healthcare Center. She also stated, "This is your body's natural reaction to the vaccine. Your body is building the antibodies needed to combat the flu virus. These antibodies are the protection needed during the flu season."
The walk-in flu clinic is for adults only. We ask all parents of pediatric patients to please contact their Community Healthcare Center pediatric provider regarding the flu vaccine and scheduling. If you are searching for a pediatric provider, Community Healthcare Center is accepting new pediatric patients. To schedule a new patient appointment call (940) 766-6306.
Everyone is encouraged to get a flu vaccine, but there are certain individuals that should not get the vaccine. Those individuals include:
· Those that have had a severe allergic reaction to influenza vaccine or any of its components.
· People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with or without fever. They should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.
· People with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
For questions regarding the flu vaccine or clinics please call (940) 766-6306.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE CENTER
Established in 1992, Community Healthcare Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Joint Commission Accredited and a registered 501c(3) nonprofit. The Center serves residents of Wichita and thirteen surrounding counties with family practice medical and dental services via three sites. Support services include pharmacy, lab, x-ray and mobile dental services. Uninsured, under-insured and low income patients benefit from a sliding fee scale based on family size and income. Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, TRICARE and private health insurance are gladly accepted. Visit Community Healthcare Center online at www.chcwf.com for more information