Yearly flu shots are the most important step in protecting yourself against the flu. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever.
When going to get a flu vaccine, practice everyday preventive actions
and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for running essential errands
. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or health department if they are following CDC’s vaccination pandemic guidance
. Any vaccination location following CDC’s guidance should be a safe place for you to get a flu vaccine.
September and October are good times to get vaccinated. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue, even in January or later.
Anyone may receive their annual flu vaccine at any Prevea health centers. You do not need to go to the Prevea health center where your primary care provider is located. We strongly recommend that patients schedule an appointment.
, call your provider’s office or call (888) 277-3832
Please check your insurance coverage prior to your appointment as we will bill your insurance company.
Flu Questions and Answers
Does the flu vaccine give me the flu?
The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. The flu vaccine is made with flu vaccine viruses that have been “inactivated” and therefore do not cause infection. The most common side effects from the flu vaccine are soreness, tenderness and redness as the injection site. Low-grade fever, headache, or muscle aches may occur, but should subside in one to two days.
Who should get a yearly flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Flu shots are especially important for young children, pregnant women, people age 65 and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease.
Vaccination of people at high risk
is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. Many people at higher risk from flu also seem to be at higher risk from COVID-19.
Can I still get the flu even if I’ve had my flu vaccine?
There are many reasons why an individual can still develop flu or cold symptoms even after receiving the vaccine. These include:
- The person experiencing illness may have been exposed to influenza viruses prior to receiving their flu vaccine or during the two weeks following injection while the body was still developing immunity.
- There are many viruses in our environment besides flu that a person can acquire and develop symptoms similar to the flu.
- They acquired viruses that do not match the viruses selected to make the vaccine.