Flu Shots Available at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Clinics and Public Health
Grinnell, IA – September 11, 2020
– This year has been unpredictable – but one thing community members can control is getting the flu shot. Team members at UnityPoint Health®
– Grinnell are ready to administer flu shots.
Jake Boyer, PA-C
, a UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Family Practice clinic provider says, “This year it is more important than ever to receive a flu shot. Getting the flu shot means you are taking preventative steps to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu. It also means you are doing everything possible to reduce illnesses and preserve health care resources – which is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
, the United States has had more than 6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in 2020 and about 180,000 deaths, with officials saying the actual numbers could be significantly greater. Influenza typically causes 39 million to 56 million illnesses each year and up to 62,000 deaths.
“Although we don’t currently have a vaccine for COVID-19, we do
have one for influenza. In order to keep our communities safe, it’s important that we use all the tools available to prevent illnesses, so our health care system isn’t overwhelmed during the pandemic,” says Boyer.
Flu season normally starts in November or December and peaks in January or February. According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after the vaccination is received for antibodies to develop. Although you can get your flu shot throughout the flu season, it is recommended that individuals six months and older are administered the vaccine before the end of October.
“We have flu shots available and are more than happy to administer them to our patients during their upcoming appointments,” says Boyer.
UnityPoint Health – Grinnell is still requiring face masks or coverings at all clinic and medical center locations. Added measures for cleaning and sanitization are ongoing to ensure patient safety. All team members are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks. Waiting rooms are also arranged to encourage social distancing.
For more information regarding flu shots, clinic hours and UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Public Health
flu clinics, visit unitypoint.org/Grinnell/flu
or call one of the clinics below.
Grinnell Family Practice | 202 Fourth Avenue, Grinnell | (641) 236-2500
Grinnell Internal Medicine | 202 Fourth Avenue, Grinnell | (641) 236-2382