As the medical community, including the doctors at Tryon Medical Partners, works diligently to find a COVID-19 vaccine, we move into a season that brings risk of another respiratory illness – flu. What we do have in the fight against flu is a vaccine that is the most important factor in preventing sickness. And this year, getting a flu shot is more important than ever.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone six months of age or older get a flu shot. But just last year, less than half of Americans got their flu shot while 410,000 people were hospitalized.
Not only will getting a flu shot help to prevent you from becoming sick, it will also prevent high hospitalization numbers that make it difficult on the system, essential workers and supplies that are already strained during a pandemic. It is also possible to be infected with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
When Should I Be Vaccinated?
The time to be vaccinated is now. It is important to be vaccinated before the flu begins spreading locally, keeping in mind that it takes two weeks after receiving a flu shot to become fully protected. It is recommended that everyone be vaccinated before the end of October, but flu shots are helpful even after that time and will continue to be available until early 2021.
Where Should I Get My Flu Shot?
The best place to get a flu shot is wherever is easiest and most convenient for you. Many local pharmacies offer walk-in availability for flu shots, including the high-dose varieties for those 65 years of age and older.
Will Tryon Be Offering Flu Shots?
Tryon Medical Partners patients can make an appointment to get their flu shot at one of our satellite locations. At these drive-up clinics, patients will stay in their car to receive a flu shot. Appointments can be made by calling 704.495.6334.
What Should I Do If I Have Flu Symptoms?
Since the flu and COVID-19 are both upper respiratory infections with overlapping symptoms, it is impossible to determine with certainty which one you may have without testing. If you are experiencing symptoms, call us at 704.495.6334 or schedule a virtual visit or Virtual Urgent Care appointment on demand.