Flu season is upon us, and it's particularly important to get a flu vaccine now so you're protected while COVID-19 continues to spread. Your body typically takes up to two weeks to develop an immune response from a vaccine, so getting an immunization now is your safest bet to fight the flu.
Wearing a Mask and Getting a Flu Vaccine is Your Best Defense
To help control the spread of COVID-19 as well as the flu, follow all of the precautions already in place with COVID 19:
- Where a mask in public
- Practice social distancing
- Wash your hands
Free Flu Vaccine Clinic
Saturday, October 24, 2020
10:00am to 2:00pm
Waynesboro Mennonite Church
1801 Monroe Street, Waynesboro
Who Should Get a Flu Vaccine?
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and up. Certain populations are more vulnerable—for example, people over 65, young children, those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma, or illnesses that lower your immunity. Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions regarding which influenza vaccines are best for you and your family.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
The efficacy of the flu vaccine varies from season to season. However, the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization for children and adults, and is an important tool for prevention for those who are pregnant or have chronic health conditions. While the flu vaccine is not perfect, it works best through herd immunity.
How can I get my vaccination?
If you have an annual wellness exam or other visit with your doctor already scheduled, you can receive a vaccine during that appointment. If you don't have an upcoming appointment already set, call ahead to schedule an appointment for your flu vaccine. This will help our staff manage the number of people in our clinics to minimize the risk of exposure to the flu or COVID. You can also get your vaccine at flu clinics, pharmacies, and other stores.
Will the flu vaccine make me sick?
Most people receiving the flu vaccine have no side effects. However, for some they may experience soreness at the site of injection or a low-grade fever and body aches. If you believe you are experiencing side effects related to the vaccine, check with your primary care provider.
Is there an alternative to the flu shot?
Yes, flu mist is an alternative to the flu shot. Please check with your Primary Care Provider or a retail pharmacy for availability.
Are the symptoms of the Flu and COVID-19 the same?
Both flu and COVID-19 have varying degrees of symptoms, ranging from asymptomatic to severe. Common symptoms of both illnesses are: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, or headache. The main symptom difference is that some people may experience a loss of taste or smell with COVID-19. Visit the CDC for a more in-depth look at similarities and differences between Flu and COVID-19.
Does the flu vaccine protect against COVID-19?
No, the flu vaccine does not provide protection against COVID-19.
Can I take the flu vaccine if there is suspicion I have, or currently have COVID-19?
No, even if asymptomatic for COVID-19, flu vaccination should be postponed. While mild illness is not a contraindication to flu vaccination, medical visit for those with COVID-19 should be postponed to avoid exposing others to the virus.