It’s already that time of year again… it’s time to #FightTheFlu!
Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season. Flu Vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources. The best time of year to get your flu shot is NOW, with September and October being the best time to get vaccinated. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue, even in January or later.
With COVID-19 still in force, there is a variety of information and misinformation out about vaccines and recommendations. We suggest talking directly with your healthcare provider or following credible resources such as the CDC to help you decide what is best for you and your family.
Dr. Norman Means stated that, “Since influenza may have the same symptoms as COVID-19, and may make its victims even more susceptible to severe complications arising from COVID-19, it is more important this year than ever before that everyone get their flu vaccinations as soon as possible.” Although, both Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
Goodland Family Health Center will start offering flu vaccines on October 1, 2020 by appointment only due to our facility restrictions for COVID-19. Please call the clinic at (785) 890-6075 to schedule your appointment. Please note that high dose flu vaccine is in limited supply so you may need to be placed on our wait list. If you are placed on the wait list, you will be contacted once additional supply is received to come in and get your shot. Thank you for understanding.
You can learn more more about the 2020-2021 flu vaccine here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm#Flu-Vaccine.Leave a reply