Flu and Pneumonia Prevention

Influenza commonly known as “the Flu” is a viral infection of the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs that can cause illness in people of all ages. The flu season is generally from November to April. Symptoms include fever, chills, sore throat, cough, aches, and fatigue. Yearly vaccinations are necessary to avoid infection. Recommendations are for people over fifty years of age healthcare providers, those who may transmit influenza to persons at high risk and people with serious health problems such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  recommends that anyone who wishes to reduce the risk of acquiring influenza infection is a candidate for immunization.  Children with chronic diseases including asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, or heart disease should be immunized against the flu virus.

Pneumococcal pneumonia is defined as a serious bacterial infection or inflammation of the lungs. Those over age sixty-five, people with immune deficiencies and chronic illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, as well as those planning to travel to certain foreign countries are at greatest risk. A vaccine has been developed to help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia and is recommended by the federal government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. This vaccine has been shown to be highly effective. The vaccine may be given at any time of the year

The pneumonia and influenza virus vaccine is available in this office for your convenience.

If you have any further questions please contact our hotline:

Ellen Epstein, M.D. FAAAAI, FACAAI
Adult and Pediatric Allergy
165 N. Village Ave. - Suite 141
Rockville Centre, NY 11570


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