Do Your Part – Get a Flu Shot
It's the doctor's orders – get your flu vaccine.
With the unpredictability of COVID-19 circulating at the same time as the flu, the best measure is to decrease the possible negative impacts on your respiratory system. The flu vaccine not only reduces your risk of illness but can prevent hospitalizations and deaths.
Schedule your flu shot now
Flu shots are now available. Call your primary care provider or local UnityPoint Clinic today to schedule yours. Appointments also available at Ankeny Medical Park Pharmacy, located within Ankeny Medical Park.
When to Schedule Your Flu Shot
It's best to get your shot by the end of October. If you miss that deadline, you can still roll up your sleeve later in the season.
Almost everyone, six months and older, should get the immunization. The vaccine is safe and recommended for pregnant women. It is especially important for vulnerable populations, like older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions – like cancer or diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies a few rare exceptions for those who shouldn't get the vaccine, including people who are allergic to the flu vaccine or anything used to make it. If you have concerns, talk with your care team.
What to Do if You're Not Feeling Well
If you get the flu, chances are you can remember the day and even the hour you got sick. COVID-19 symptoms seems to come on more gradually.
Flu symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
Check out our flu season resource page for additional information.