Now more than ever, it is important for you to get the flu vaccine to get protection from the upcoming flu season. With the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials are concerned that the upcoming flu season may bring a "twin pandemic." Health experts are warning that the addition of another respiratory illness on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could overburden the health care system, strain testing capacity, and increase the risk of catching both diseases at once. Hence, it is important that you get a flu shot as an way to protect you and your family for the upcoming flu season.
Better Health Pharmacy's trained pharmacists know which flu shot is right for you based on your age and health history, and can help administer the vaccine. Skip the wait at the doctor's office or the crowd at the chain pharmacies, and get your flu shot at Better Health Pharmacy today.
Getting your flu shot at Better Health Pharmacy is easy, but there are some things you need to be aware of to make things go smoothly. We will be checking your temperature and requiring that you wear your mask as a part of our safety procedures. Our team will also be wearing face masks and protective gloves to minimize exposure to you. Please postpone your visit if you're sick with fever or other illness symptoms.
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. (Source: https://cdc.gov)
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Most flu vaccines in the United States protect against four different flu viruses (“quadrivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses. There are also some flu vaccines that protect against three different flu viruses (“trivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one influenza B virus. Two of the trivalent vaccines are designed specifically for people 65 and older to create a stronger immune response. (Source: https://cdc.gov)
Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older – even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting a flu vaccine each year is the best way to help prevent flu and its serious complications like hospitalizations.
While it’s not possible to say for certain what will happen in the fall and winter, CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the coronavirus (COVID-19) will both be spreading. Even though getting a flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, it can still reduce your risk of becoming seriously ill from flu and even dying from it. In addition, getting your flu vaccine will also help to conserve healthcare resources like hospital beds, PPE, ventilators, etc.
Flu vaccines are now available at Better Health Pharmacy. Due to high demand, please call us at (682) 708-3499 for availability and insurance coverage.
If you still have a question about the flu vaccine or anything else that we can help with, simply call us at (682) 708-3499. Or contact us online after hours and we'll email you back as soon as we can.