COVID-19 and the flu is one “twindemic” you want to avoid. This year the CDC is recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot in September or October, before the flu season begins. As symptoms for both COVID-19 and the flu can overlap, you don’t want to skip a flu shot this year. Schools are now in session and kids are the most common germ spreaders. People are also still traveling and some locations across the U.S have restrictions due to a high count of COVID-19 cases. AFC Urgent Care Vernon is aware of the possible flu and COVID-19 combo and is here to give you updated information on how to avoid the flu and stay safe from COVID-19.
The flu vaccine has some new updates in 2020
Flu vaccines are made months in advance to combat against possible strains we commonly see in the fall and winter. In response to COVID-19 still being around, The CDC and scientists have made sure to reinforce the strength of the vaccines so that people that are high risk or immunocompromised will have full flu protection. AFC urgent care Vernon offers the most comprehensive vaccine on the market today, the quadrivalent flu vaccine to cover 4 strains of the flu virus.
Who is at risk for having complications from the flu?
- Pregnant Women
- People 65 years of age and older
- Kids 5 years of age and younger
- People who have Chronic Diseases, such as:
- People suffering from Heart Disease
- People with Metabolic Diseases (Diabetes)
- People with Chronic Asthma
- People suffering from Pulmonary Disease
- People with Liver Disease
- People with Sickle Cell Disease
- Immunosuppressed individuals
I didn’t get a Flu shot last year and didn’t get sick. Do I need one now?
COVID-19 is still circulating around the world and there is evidence that shows that you can still contract another respiratory illness while having COVID-19 at the same time. You don’t want to get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time because it can be hard to diagnose and treat. This is why we suggest getting the flu shot as soon as you can so you can avoid this. This way, if you do get COVID-19 we can rule out the flu.
It is also important to get a flu vaccine soon because of the high risks it poses to the elderly and immunocompromised individuals. This is why it is important for the younger age groups to get a flu shot this season. You flu shot counts more than you think. Now is not the time to be irresponsible and carefree.
The flu shot is the best safeguard to avoid a “twindemic”
The best safeguard to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. You can avoid the twindemic by getting a flu vaccine at AFC urgent Care Vernon. We have plenty of flu vaccines available and if you need COVID-19 testing done, we can do that too!
At AFC Urgent Care Vernon you can come to our center with NO appointment necessary. We are located at 179 Talcottville Rd, Vernon, CT 06066. AFC Urgent Care Vernon is open 7 days a week Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm. We are offering both the quadrivalent flu vaccine and COVID-19 testing 7 days a week.
Our staff is also equipped with PPE and we clean our facilities frequently throughout the day. COVID-19 testing for the active virus is done outside so you don’t have to worry about standing next to someone who may be positive for COVID-19. We make sure that you feel safe with us. You can even use our AFC TeleCare option if you want to make an appointment for a flu shot or COVID-19 testing instead. And, stay tuned for our ABBOT rapid testing for COVID-19, a new way of testing everyone in our community with quick results on the same day. *Some restrictions may apply.