The Flu Vaccination
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, flu shots have fallen under the radar. Unfortunately, the flu is still around, and it is a good idea to get vaccinated for it.
Flu vaccinations are encouraged each year for two reasons: your body’s immunity to the flu gradually declines over time, and the influenza virus consistently changes. The best months to get vaccinated for the flu are September and October, and the CDC strongly recommends that you get your flu vaccination by the end of October. Flu activity peaks from December to February, so it is beneficial to get your flu shot in the fall because it takes about two weeks for your body to build antibodies after the vaccination. Evidence shows that flu vaccinations prevent tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year.
Is the flu vaccine safe for pregnant women?
Yes, not only does the flu vaccine protect pregnant women from the flu, but it can also protect the infant from the flu up to several months after birth.
Is the flu vaccine safe for children?
Yes, the flu vaccine is safe and can be life saving for children who are six months or older.
Is the flu vaccine safe for people with diabetes?
Yes, the flu vaccine is safe and has been proven to reduce flu-related hospitalizations for people with diabetes.
Can the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine be taken simultaneously?
There is currently not data available about any effects that the COVID-19 vaccine causes when taken simultaneously with other vaccines. Historically, vaccines have not affected one another. You can always maintain a few weeks of space between the two shots to be safe or bring up any concerns with your doctor.
Is there anyone who should not take the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is safe for almost everyone. Exceptions include infants younger than six months old and those with allergies to ingredients in the flu vaccine. If you have an egg allergy, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, or have experienced previous vaccine-related allergic reactions, talk to your doctor before getting vaccinated. For any other concerns about whether you or your child should get vaccinated for the flu, talk to your doctor or visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/whoshouldvax.htm.
It’s free to get your flu shot! Flu shots are available at Smith’s, Harmon’s, CVS, Walgreens, and other preferred pharmacies within the network. (All of these locations offer free COVID-19 shots as well.) If you have any questions about what your nearest options are, call our pharmacy team at 385-247-1030.