It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot this year.
Getting an annual flu shot is always an important way to protect yourself and your family. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic persisting, it’s even more important to get a flu shot. We asked IEP Urgent Care’s Jennifer Karim, PA-C to answer the questions patients are asking right now about this year’s flu shot and the COVID vaccine:
Why is it more important to get a flu shot this year?
“It is important to protect yourself and your family from influenza every year. We were fortunate to have a mild flu season last year. Unfortunately, experts are predicting significantly higher rates this season. The best way to protect yourself and others is to receive the vaccine and continue safety measures such as hand washing, masks, and social distancing.”
Who should get a flu shot?
“The influenza vaccine is available to everyone 6 months and older. People with severe, life-threatening allergies to any ingredient in a flu vaccine should not get that vaccine. There are egg free options as well as age specific variations. In all cases, consult with your health care professional for your best option.”
If I got the COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to get a flu shot?
“Yes, Covid-19 vaccines prevent the corona virus and flu vaccines prevent the influenza vaccines, they do not overlap.”
Is there any problem with getting a flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccine?
“The CDC has determined that it is safe to receive the flu and covid vaccine at the same time.”
How do I know if I have COVID or the flu?
“Covid and Influenza cause similar viral symptoms such as fever, body aches, sore throat and cough. The best way to determine the cause of your illness is to be tested. Most facilities are capable of testing for both illnesses with fast and reliable results.”
Here are links to additional resources and information about the flu and COVID-19 vaccine:
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/different-flu-vaccines.htm https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/28/health/flu-shot-influenza-covid-booster-2021-wellness/index.html https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2021-2022.htm https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/17/flu-season-2021-might-be-worse-due-to-covid-when-to-get-flu-vaccine.html https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/09/29/covid-19-symptoms-vs-flu-allergies-cold/5917571001/