Don’t forget about the FLU!
Over the past year, COVID-19 has taken over and in the midst of this craziness, it is very easy to forget about other viruses that spread throughout the community. Flu season is just around the corner, with peak activity occurring between the months of December and February. Therefore, in addition to getting the COVID-19 vaccine this year, it is important to consider getting the flu vaccine!
To help reduce the spread of the influenza virus, the CDC recommends that all individuals above the age of 6 months old (unless contraindicated) receive the flu vaccine each year by the end of October. If the vaccine is received too early in the year (July or August), there may be a lack of coverage towards the end of the flu season. Once vaccinated, it takes two weeks for your body to develop antibodies against the virus and for you to be protected from the flu.
The flu vaccine can prevent you from getting the flu, can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations, can reduce the severity of illness in people that unfortunately still get sick, and can protect those around you.
In addition to its protection against the influenza virus, a recent study showed that the flu vaccine also helps to reduce the severity of symptoms in those with COVID-19. Specifically, the study showed that individuals that were vaccinated with the flu vaccine who also tested positive for COVID-19, were significantly less likely to require hospitalization or mechanical ventilation, and had a shorter hospital stay.
Great News! The flu vaccine can be given at the same time as many other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, you can boost your immune system and gain protection against both viruses in one quick stop at one of Moose Pharmacy’s seven locations. You can also sign up for an appointment at www.moosepharmacy.com once the vaccine is available!