Critical Role of Flu Shots During The Pandemic
As flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 spread this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Four reasons why you should commit:
1. Flu Shots Helps Keep You Healthy
Flu can cause signs and symptoms; such as fever, cough, and body aches, which can keep a healthy person home from work, school, and errands for a week. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year beginning in September. Flu vaccination helps prevent millions of illnesses each year.
2. Reduces the Severity of Illnesses
Flu vaccination can reduce doctor visits due to flu. Several studies have shown flu vaccination can reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick. And during seasons when the flu vaccine viruses are similar to other circulating viruses, the flu vaccine was shown to reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor by 50%.
3. Flu Shot Helps Protect People Around You
You may think of the flu vaccine only as protecting yourself from flu, but getting vaccinated also protects the people around you. Many people are at higher risk of getting very sick from flu because of their age (infants and elderly), or because they have one or more of certain health conditions. Help CDC promote flu vaccination in conversations with friends, family, and neighbors.
4. Help the Health Care System
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this season. A flu vaccine this season can help protect you and the people around you from flu, reduce the burden of flu on our health care systems during the pandemic, and save medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.
Beginning September 1st, Dripping Springs Pharmacy & Lamar Plaza Drug Store will be scheduling flu appointments online for your convenience, and will also honor walk-in appointments.
Stay Healthy, Angela Solis, R.Ph.
Angela Solis, R.Ph.
Angela is a University of Texas pharmacist graduate and Director of Clinical Services at Martin’s Wellness and Compounding Pharmacies.