Protect Yourself & Others – Get Your Flu Shot
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.
Below you'll find how to schedule a flu shot near you. If you aren't already vaccinated against COVID-19, save time by scheduling both vaccines for the same visit.
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, including 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 ingredients in the flu vaccine. If you have concerns, talk with your care team.
Not Feeling Well? Here's What to Do.
You might be confused about which virus is making you sick. If it's the flu, there's a good chance you can remember the day and even the hour you began feeling sick. Other illness, including COVID-19, usually set in much 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)
If you're sick, we're here to provide safe care, your way. There are several options to consider if you want to see a doctor. Those include your primary care doctor, urgent care, virtual care and, in severe cases, the emergency department.
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