It's Flu Shot Season

Relaxed COVID-19 pandemic safety measures and the population's reduced immunity to the flu after months of avoiding situations where viruses can spread could lead to a more severe flu season this year.

We are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and while it’s important to get that vaccine, it’s also very important to also get your flu shot to no only protect yourself but others as well.

The best time to get a flu vaccine, which reduces the risk of serious flu-related illness, hospitalization or death, is any time between September and the end of October.

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone six months and older should receive a yearly flu vaccine.

Those most at risk for the flu virus include:

  • Children under the age of five
  • Adults over the age of 65
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain medical conditions

If you have questions about if you should get the flu shot or not, talk with your health care provider.

If you still need to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you can get that and the flu vaccine at the same time, according to the CDC.

How does the flu shot work?

The flu shot protects against the influenza viruses that researchers believe to be the most prevalent that season. It usually takes about two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to develop in your body.

Getting a flu shot also protects those who are not able to get a flu shot, such as those who are too young or who have a medical condition preventing them from being able to receive a flu shot.

Can the flu vaccine give you the flu?

The short answer is no. The flu shot is made from dead virus, not a live vaccine. So if you still get the flu you either were exposed to the flu prior to getting the flu shot or got it soon  after as it takes two full weeks for full immunity to take place.

Where to get a flu vaccine

To receive a flu shot, you can go to your primary care office or a local pharmacy.

To schedule with your regular provider, call the office phone number or schedule through My Health Connection

If you need a provider, click/tap here to find one near you.

TAGS: Family Medicine, flu, flu shot, flu vaccine, Vaccine

CATEGORIES: Health Education

This post was originally posted on September 29, 2021