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Flu Vaccine Update & FAQ

Poway Office Patients:

Flu shots are available October 10-21. Appointments are preferred. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm. Thursday 11am-7pm.

Ramona Office Patients:

Flu shots are available October 11-20. Appointments are preferred. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-11am or 2pm-4:30pm.

Rancho Penasquitos Office Patients:

Flu shots are available October 12,13,19,20. Appointments are preferred. Wednesday and Thursday 9am-11:30am or 2pm-4pm.

Who should get the seasonal flu shot?

Everyone over 6 months old. To protect those under 6 months old, it is recommended that all people in contact with those children be vaccinated.

What seasonal flu vaccines are available?

The inactivated virus shot.

What type of vaccine is Arch Health Partners offering?

We will be offering preservative-free and latex-free influenza vaccines. We will use fluzone influenza vaccine for pediatric, adults and seniors (high dose). 

Why is Arch Health Partners offering the shot and not the nasal spray?

Most people prefer the shot, and it can be given to a much wider range of people. For example, the shot can be given to high risk people like pregnant women, people over 65, and children between 6 and 24 months old, whereas the nasal vaccine can not. Flumist Intranasal vaccine is NOT available this year 2016-2017 (per CDC recommedation). 

When should I not receive the vaccine?

Do not get the flu shot if you have a history of an allergic reaction to eggs and/or flu vaccine. If you are moderately to severely ill, we recommend waiting until it resolves, or discuss it with your doctor. Mild to moderately ill people can still get the vaccine. Also, if you have had Guillain-Barré syndrome, you will need to discuss the vaccine with your doctor.

Does the shot protect against H1N1 (swine flu)?

Yes, this year’s vaccine has incorporated last year’s H1N1 strain.

If I got the H1N1 vaccine last year, should I still get this year’s seasonal flu shot?

Yes.

How much is Arch Health Partners charging for the flu shot?

Arch Health Partners will offer a cash fee of $50.00.  The administration fee of $50.00 is waived for cash paying patients.  Cash paying patients will receive a receipt that can be submitted directly to the insurance for possible reimbursement.

Will my insurance cover the shot?

Each insurance policy is different. You should call your insurance company to see if your policy covers a flu shot and if you have any financial responsibility, you may be subject to co-insurance or deductible in which case you will be billed.

Will Arch Health Partners bill my insurance? Will it be free?

As a courtesy to current Arch Health Partners patients only, we will bill insurance.  You will be responsible for any applicable co-insurance, deductibles or non-covered services.  Please note that there will be an additional fee of $50.00 for flu shot administration if insurance is billed.

What are your hours and locations for the flu clinic?

Refer to Flu Clinic Flyer for specific location and times. 

Where can I get more information?

Contact your physician, or review the CDC Web site http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm