Flu Season Is Underway!

Influenza (flu) season is has started! This year’s vaccination is available at both our Barnes Road and 700 NE Multnomah locations. We encourage you to call our office or visit our website to register for one of our upcoming flu shot clinics. For more information, visit: https://www.greenfieldhealth.com/our-community/events/new-calendar-event-2

Our next Flu Shot Clinic is at our Barnes Road office on Saturday November 10th from 9am to 1pm. Please call our office to schedule a time. 

If you have received the shot elsewhere, for example at work, a local pharmacy, or grocery store, please let us know so that we can update your medical records. 

Have questions about this year’s vaccination? Please refer to our FAQs below.

1. Who should receive the vaccination?

We recommend that all over 6 months old receive the vaccine.

2. I am pregnant - should I get the vaccination?

It is importance for pregnant women to receive the flu vaccination, because the adverse effects of influenza can be more severe and concerning during pregnancy. 

3. When should I be vaccinated?

Optimally, the flu vaccine should be administered by the end of October. However, vaccination through the winter can still be beneficial for those not yet vaccinated. 

4. Are there risks or side effects?

Common side effects include:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling at the site of the immunization
  • Low grade fever for 24 hours after the vaccine
  • Body aches

A common misconception is that the flu vaccine can cause the flu. Current vaccines contain only parts of the influenza virus, not the active virus itself, so it isn’t possible to get flu from the vaccine.

5. I’ve heard about concerns for those with egg allergies. What should I know?

Available forms of the flu vaccine may contain very small amounts of egg that do not cause allergic reactions. For those with severe egg allergies, supervision by a healthcare provider following vaccination is advised, but vaccination is still recommended. Both GreenField clinics have a clinician on-site during our hours of operation and can monitor for such reactions. 

6. Are there any other precautions I can take to prevent risk of getting the flu?

In addition to getting the flu vaccine yearly, basic precautions include washing your hands with soap and water throughout the day, avoiding putting your hands to your mouth and nose without washing them, and avoiding direct contact with those who are sick.