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The doctors of Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology post news for patients and professionals.

WE HAVE FLU SHOTS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Starting Monday October 11, we will be providing flu shots to patients older than 18.  Please call to schedule a flu shot appointment. First come, first served!

On Monday October 18, we will be providing flu shots for ALL patients including children and adolescents. Please call to schedule an flu shot appointment. First come, first served! Remember that egg allergy does not require any special precaution when you get a flu shot.

If you have had an allergic reaction to the flu shot itself, you must see your allergist before we give you a flu shot.

Finally, you may get your COVID (at another site, such as a pharmacy) and flu vaccines on the same day if that is most convenient for you.

 

COVID-19 VACCINES

We get many questions about the COVID vaccine and hope this post will answer yours.

At this time we are not offering the Covid Vaccine in our offices, but please check back to our website for any further updates.

As you know, vaccines in Connecticut are offered in phases depending on your risk group. As of this writing (1/18/21), we are in Phase 1B. Phases 1A and 1B candidates can be viewed here. Continue to check the Connecticut Department of Health web site and pay attention to local newscasts for updates.

The next group to be eligible will include people younger than 75 with high risk conditions identified by the CDC here. Keep checking this site for updates.

When you are eligible, yo will be able to sign up for a shot appointment through the CT Department of Health Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE: Do not try to sign up until you are eligible. DO NOT LIE on the VAMS as getting a vaccine before you are eligible might prevent someone at higher risk than you from getting vaccinated.

COVID VACCINE and ALLERGIES

According to current guidelines, virtually EVERYBODY can get the vaccine without special precaution and should be observed for 15 minutes. This includes all patients with allergy (including anaphylaxis) to food, medication, venom, aeroallergen sensitivity, and even those with idiopathic anaphylaxis.

People with a history of anaphylaxis to another vaccine or any INJECTABLE medication should get the vaccine and be observed for 30 minutes afterwards.

The ONLY patients who should not be immunized are those who have had anaphylaxis to a component of the COVID vaccine (of which there are few that are RARE allergens or NOT allergens. The most common of the very rare allergens is polyethylene glycol). The vaccine DOES NOT contain any food derivatives or other medications including neomycin.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU RETURN FROM OUT OF STATE-update 11/17/20

It would be easier to show you the list of states and territories NOT on Connecticut’s current quarantine list, but this is the list of those that ARE. If you recently returned from any of the following states or territories with increasing COVID-19 rates (updated October 13), you fall under Gov. Lamont’s mandate that you self-quarantine for two weeks after you return.  The same applies to travelers returning to New Jersey or New York. 

ALABAMAMAINEOREGON
ALASKAMARYLANDPENNSYLVANIA
ARIZONAMASSACHUSETTSPUERTO RICO
ARKANSASMICHIGANSOUTH CAROLINA
CALIFORNIAMINNESOTASOUTH DAKOTA
COLORADOMISSISSIPPITENNESSEE
DELAWAREMISSOURITEXAS
FLORIDAMONTANAUTAH
GEORGIANEBRASKAVERMONT
GUAMNEW HAMPSHIREVIRGINIA
IDAHONEVADAWASHINGTON
ILLINOISNEW MEXICOWASHINGTON, D.C.
INDIANANORTH CAROLINAWEST VIRGINIA
IOWANORTH DAKOTAWISCONSIN
KANSAS  

You can test out of Connecticut’s mandatory 14 day self-quarantine requirements through two options.  First, get tested within 72 hours before entering the state and receive a negative test result (until you get the results you must remain quarantined).  Alternatively, be tested in Connecticut after entering the state and receive negative results. Again, you must remain quarantined until you get the results. Employees and employers should be aware the state is currently only accepting results for nucleic acid COVID-19 tests, such as reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests.

The quarantine applies to these states and territories in RED, but not those in GREEN:

(see https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel#:~:text=Out%2Dof%2Dstate%20visitors%20from,are%20returning%20to%20in%20Connecticut.  For more information)

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