We are now offering flu shots!
Thank you for doing your part to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking extra steps and precautions to stop or slow the spread of the virus. As part of your vigilance, you are urged to prepare for this year’s flu season.
At Lakeland Regional Health, we are always here to care for you when you are sick, but we also know the importance of prevention and encourage our patients, families, community members and team members to be prepared. We see firsthand how devastating an infectious disease with severe complications can be.
Perhaps you have put off getting the flu vaccine in previous years because you thought you didn’t need it, but this year we ask you to reconsider. A flu vaccine may keep you from getting the flu and the complications it can bring … it may even save your life.
Why Get the Flu Vaccine?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 will be more important than ever. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but most flu vaccines protect against the four most common flu viruses expected this year. The preliminary estimates for the last flu season in the United States show there were 39 million to 56 million flu illnesses!
Can you imagine having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time or in the same season? Taking steps to protect yourself can help keep you from getting sick, spreading illness to family and friends, and losing valuable time at work or school.
Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. People who are at high risk of complications from the flu (those older than 65 years old, those with chronic diseases) are especially vulnerable and need to get the vaccine. To read more about those considered high risk, click here.
When Should I Get the Flu Vaccine?
It is recommended to get the annual flu vaccine by the end of October to help boost your immunity before the height of the flu season, though the flu shot can be given anytime throughout the season. Have more questions about the flu? Visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions page.