Why should I get the flu shot this year?

The flu shot will protect from getting the influenza virus. This virus typically causes an abrupt onset of fevers, chills, fatigue, and malaise. Many of us have already had the flu in the past. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot. We don’t want to overburden the healthcare system with the flu and COVID-19 infections.

Will the flu shot protect me from getting COVID-19?
No, the flu shot will not protect you from getting COVID-19. These are different types of viruses. The flu shot targets the influenza virus. A COVID-19 vaccine is not available.

How does the flu vaccine work?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.

Who qualifies for the flu shot?
All persons 6 months or older can get the flu vaccine.

Who should NOT get the flu vaccine?
Children under 6 months of age should not get the flu vaccine. Also those with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine should NOT get the shot. Please speak to your physician if you have any questions or concerns.

Does the flu vaccine increase your risk of getting COVID-19?
The flu vaccine does NOT increase your risk of getting COVID-19. For that matter, the flu shot does not increase your risk of getting any of the respiratory viruses.

Does the flu shot work right away?
No, the flu shot takes about two weeks to work. The best time to get vaccinated is September or October. It is best to get vaccinated before the influenza virus enters your community.

Where can I get a flu shot?
You can go to Walgreens, Target, doctor’s office, urgent care, and other healthcare facilities.