The fast-approaching flu season cannot be taken lightly. Influenza, also known as the flu, is a respiratory infection affecting millions of people annually. This year, the flu season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic, making it essential to get a flu shot to stay protected. Influenza vaccines can reduce the severity of the infection, hospitalizations, and the risk of flu-related deaths in children.
Here is some crucial information for getting a flu shot in 2021:
Get a flu shot before the flu season begins or before the flu viruses start spreading in your community, as it takes about two weeks to develop antibodies and immunity against the flu. The CDC advises anyone older than six months to get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Additionally, people who have not got vaccinated yet should get flu shots in November since the flu season peaks between December and January.
Your body’s immunity against the flu decreases with time, regardless of whether you have had a flu infection or vaccination. Flu viruses are constantly changing, so the previous flu season’s vaccine may not protect you in the forthcoming flu season. Getting a seasonal flu vaccine is essential to stay protected against the viruses in the flu season.
COVID-19 may impact how you get your flu shot this year. If you are getting your shot at the doctor’s or urgent care, there may be extra safety protocols. There will be an increase in demand for flu shots due to COVID-19. Mitigating fears about vaccine shortage, the CDC says that manufacturers will be supplying 194 to 198 million doses of flu vaccines, without any delays in their availability. This is more than the last flu season. As the CDC expects the COVID-19 and flu to spread simultaneously, getting a flu vaccine is more essential than ever.
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There are several types of vaccinations, from traditional shots to nasal spray. The CDC does not recommend a nasal spray vaccine for people with certain medical conditions, children aged under two years, pregnant women, or adults over 49 years old. Please discuss with your provider before you get the flu shot so that they can administer the most appropriate one for you.
Are you looking to get a flu shot near you? Visit us at MI Express Care! We are offering flu shots for $25.
Dr. Umayr Azimi, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is the Medical Director of MI Express Urgent Care and MI Express Primary Care in Canton, Michigan. He is a board-certified physician with advanced training in a wide range of non-life-threatening medical conditions. He believes that every visit is unique and treats every patient as an individual to ensure that all of his patients get the best treatment.