This year, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot.
It is always difficult to predict what a flu season will be like. Timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one season to another. Flu activity was unusually low throughout the 2020-2021 flu season in the United States and globally. Wearing face masks, staying home, hand washing, school closures, reduced travel and physical distancing likely contributed to the decline. Also, a record number of flu shots were administered.
Experts anticipate a potentially significant flu season this year, so it’s more important that ever to get your flu shot.
Sage Primary Care will offer two drive-through flu vaccination clinics this fall.
- Saturday, October 2: 8 a.m. to noon
- Saturday, October 23: 8 a.m. to noon
Due to the high volume of COVID testing at Mesa/Immediate Care, we are not offering a drive-through clinic at that location this year.
Flu vaccinations are $30. Clinics are open to everyone 3 and older. Talk to your pediatrician or family physician about vaccinations for children younger than 3.
Flu vaccinations will also be available through your primary care provider beginning October 1. Patients at Immediate Care can also request a flu shot any time in October.
Late September through November is prime time for vaccination against the flu virus for people living in Wyoming, where the flu season is typically later to start than in other areas of the country.
FLU AND COVID-19
- It is possible have flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time. Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.
- Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19. However, flu vaccination has many other important benefits. There is no evidence that getting a flu vaccination increases your risk of getting sick from COVID-19.
- You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines during the same time period. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, after getting vaccinated and possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.
- People with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections should postpone their vaccination until they have recovered. Speak to your doctor about the best timing for vaccination for your personal health status.
- Prior COVID-19 or flu infections do not protect someone from future flu infections.
IMPORTANCE OF GETTING A FLU SHOT
- Vaccinating against the flu can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses in the community and reduce the burden on local healthcare systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Vaccination of people at high risk (over 65 years old, pregnant, asthmatic, diabetic, with heart conditions) is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. Many people at higher risk from flu also seem to be at higher risk from COVID-19.
- Even people who are working from home and staying home should vaccinate.
- Precautions against the spread of COVID-19 (social distancing, handwashing) can help slow the spread of flu but vaccination remains the single most effective tool to protect yourself from flu.
HOW DOES A FLU SHOT WORK?
- Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination.
- The body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection.
- Flu viruses are constantly changing, so the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and updated as needed to keep up with changing flu viruses.
WHO SHOULD GET A FLU SHOT?
- Everyone six months of age and older, with rare exceptions, should get the flu vaccine annually.
- Persons at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19: Adults aged 65 years and older, residents in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and persons of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions, among others.
- Persons at increased risk for serious influenza complications: Infants and young children, children with neurologic conditions, pregnant women, adults aged 65 years and older, and other persons with certain underlying medical conditions, among others.
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