Why do you need to get a flu shot this year?
We hear it all the time. That being said, this year it is important to get vaccinated for the flu not only to protect you from the flu but also because COVID-19 is still with us and doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. Both viruses have outward symptoms that are very similar and heading into the flu season, you don’t want to get both. The CDC has issued a statement that everyone over the age of 6-months needs to get the flu shot this year. In addition to this, they suggest that people get it as early as September or October, before the flu season begins. AFC Urgent Care West Hartford offers the most comprehensive vaccine on the market, the quadrivalent flu shot and we have created this guide to inform you of everything you need to know about why you need to get a flu shot in 2020.
When and where can I get a Flu Shot this year?
Now’s the time! Typically, the flu vaccine will last all through the season (until March). If you get it soon, you will be prepared for the flu season and to be able to rule out flu if you do happen to catch COVID-19.
You will be able to come to our center and receive a flu shot anytime during business hours, 7 days a week. An appointment is never required. If you have any questions concerning your child’s vaccination schedule give us a call and we’ll help you out.
I heard that you can get the flu from getting vaccinated, is that true?
Myth buster!: You can not contract the flu from a flu shot. The virus in your shot has been weakened to the point that it will not actually make you sick, but will encourage your body to start creating antibodies to fight a possible flu.
Fun Flu Fact!: Another great side effect of getting the flu shot is that it not only protects you against the flu, but effectively boosts your immune system. By getting the vaccine you are decreasing your chance of getting sick in any form this season.
Should my child get a flu shot, even if they’re healthy?
Schools have reopened and while some have delays, this is the perfect opportunity for you and your child to get vaccinated for the flu. Children are the most common spreaders of the flu. You don’t want to go into the flu season without being vaccinated and knowing that your child could bring home the flu or COVID-19.
What happens If I catch COVID-19 and the Flu?
Research is showing that it is possible to get more than one respiratory infection while having COVID-19. We hope that it doesn’t come to this and that is why we highly suggest getting vaccinated for the flu. This way, we can at least rule out the flu when trying to diagnose COVID-19. If you get both it will be hard to diagnose and treat.
One of the best ways to avoid the twindemic is to avoid non essential travel to places with high cases of COVID-19, getting a flu shot and continue wearing a mask and social distancing.
Expect a possible “twindemic” this flu season. If you or a loved one is worried about the flu you can come to our West Hartford AFC urgent care center, no appointment necessary, at 1030 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT 06119-1801. At AFC Urgent Care West Hartford, we are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. We also offer COVID-19 testing. We separate COVID-19 testing from other patient services like flu shots: COVID-19 testing for the active virus is done at your car, so you don’t have to worry about standing next to someone who may have it.
AFC TeleHealth is an option if you don’t feel comfortable just walking in. We can see you virtually and can schedule an appointment for your convenience.
*Stay tuned for the ABBOT Rapid testing for COVID-19. This will soon be an option to everyone in our community with quick results.*Some restrictions may apply.