The only predictable thing about flu season is that it is unpredictable. One reason it is difficult to anticipate the severity of flu outbreaks from year to year is that flu strains are constantly changing. That’s why it’s so important to get immunized each year with an effective flu vaccine like Afluria, supplied by Merck/CSL.
Afluria is distributed by FFF Enterprises in Temecula, Calif., the country’s most reliable distributor of vaccines. Other injectable flu vaccines distributed by FFF include Fluvirin and Agriflu manufactured by Novartis Vaccines; Fluzone, manufactured by sanofi pasteur; and FluLaval and Fluarix manufactured by GSK.
As a flu vaccine distributor, FFF is committed to waging war against flu by getting flu vaccines like Afluria to healthcare providers in the most streamlined manner possible. In 2006, FFF developed an innovative program called MyFluVaccine (www.MyFluVaccine.com) to do just that. Unlike the traditional influenza vaccine distribution system, with its uncertain delivery dates and quantities, MyFluVaccine gives healthcare providers the ability to request their delivery dates and quantities, making it easier to plan and prepare for clinics.
In addition to easy online ordering for vaccines like Afluria, the MyFluVaccine website provides news, updates, resources and clinic planning tools. There are special informative sections for consumers and employer groups, as well as providers. FFF also produces a “Flu Vaccine Myths & Facts” brochure that is downloadable as a PDF from the website, or as a printed booklet that healthcare providers can order for their patients.
Each flu season healthcare providers promote flu awareness to encourage the public to schedule an annual flu vaccine. One reason given by people who avoid immunization with flu vaccines like Afluria is that they believe the flu is “not that serious.” A common myth is that the flu is really no more than a bad cold. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. The flu can be both deadly and unpredictable. Even healthy young adults may find themselves suddenly seriously ill or even hospitalized from complications stemming from influenza. Health experts agree that getting a flu vaccine like Afluria is the best way to protect yourself and others.
Perhaps you received a flu vaccine last year and think you don’t need to be vaccinated again. You may not realize that for the 2012-13 flu season, Afluria and other injectable vaccines have a trivalent formulation containing the three flu viruses identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being prevalent for the 2012-13 flu season. These strains are: influenza A (California H1N1 like virus), influenza A (Victoria H3N2 like virus) and influenza B (Wisconsin like virus). Because of this new formulation, even those who received a flu vaccine last year will need to get vaccinated again this year to ensure protection against all three strains.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated against influenza during the 2012-13 flu season. Safe and effective vaccines like Afluria are among the most reliable and easiest ways to avoid the flu and keep flu bugs at bay. For more information, visit www.MyFluVaccine.com.