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Should I Still Get a Flu Shot During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

With the flu season quickly approaching, many are wondering if they should still get the flu shot, especially as we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are wondering if the flu shot will increase the chances of contracting COVID-19, while others are wondering if it will help protect them against it.

Both the flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses and while they have similar symptoms, they are caused by different viruses. Unfortunately, it is not known if the viruses will interact during the upcoming cold and flu season, so it’s important to protect yourself as much as you can.

Protect yourself by getting a flu shot and reducing your chances of contracting the flu. Not only will this be beneficial for you and those in your household, but it will reduce the need for medical assistance. This will help keep limited health care resources open as other patients are dealing with COVID-19 symptoms.

Since the viruses are separate, being immunized for the flu does not make you susceptible of getting COVID-19 or reduce your chances of getting it. An FDA-approved vaccine is not available for COVID-19 yet, which makes it important to protect yourself against the flu. These vaccines are designed to protect people from different strains of the flu that are most likely to be prevalent.

 

You Can Rely On St. Elizabeth Urgent Care Clinic

At St. Elizabeth Urgent Care, we offer flu shots for those in the Jersey City and Houston, TX areas. Flu shots are approved for patients as young as 6 months old. They are recommended for pregnant women and those at high risk of complications from the flu. By receiving a flu shot, it can reduce flu symptoms and flu-related hospitalizations. You should get a flu shot in September or before the end of October, as recommended by the CDC. There are no current shortages on flu shots, but you should not delay in getting yours.

Do your part and protect yourself, your household, and the community by receiving a flu shot. Reduce the burden health care facilities may experience due to the flu, especially with the already scarce resources as we are dealing with COVID-19.

Stop into our family urgent care today for your flu shot! If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact us today about getting tested.