Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine and COVID-19

The flu vaccine is more important than ever in 2020.

We recommend getting your flu vaccine every year and 2020 is no different, but we are stressing it even more because of the similarities between the flu and COVID-19. We answer some of your most frequently asked questions about getting a flu shot.

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Flu Season 2019

The flu season is here and it’s hitting us quickly. Health care providers nationally are reporting an uptick in visits (3.5%) for influenza-like illness (ILI) and according to the CDC, it has been at or above the national baseline of 2.4% for four weeks.

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Influenza

What is Influenza?

Influenza, or “Flu” as it’s referred to, is a contagious respiratory illness affecting your respiratory system that is caused by Influenza viruses. It is typically spread through interactions with others who are infected. This includes coughing, sneezing, or even talking. You can pick up the virus by simply touching an object that an infected person has previously touched, or by inhaling the flu virus directly.

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