Given the severity and complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, getting a flu shot could be one of the most important decisions you make this year. Green Clinic's TechCare now offers the influenza vaccine to the students, faculty, staff and the Louisiana Tech community. There are many myths surrounding the flu shots as to whether to take it or not, so here are just a few important facts about the urgency of getting your flu shot.
Flu is a highly contagious upper respiratory illness caused by a virus that infects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Symptoms of the flu include:
*It is important to note that not everyone diagnosed with the flu will experience fever.
For more information about the flu visit CDC's Key Facts About Infuenza(Flu) and CDC's Who Needs a Flu Vaccine.
In the United States, generally, flu season occurs during the fall and winter months. The flu will circulate year round, however, activity tends to peak between December and February. According to the CDC, September and October are the best times to get a flu vaccine.
The flu shot is a vaccine designed to prevent the current projected strains of the influenza virus. The vaccine helps to prepare your body for exposure to the virus so if exposed, it is prepared to protect against the onset of the flu. Your primary care physician should always be consulted before receiving the vaccination. There are many benefits of getting a flu vaccine:
For more information on how the flu vaccine works visit the CDC.
The flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are so similar, it may be hard to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. Testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis because of the similarity between the two illnesses. For more information on how the flu compares to COVID-19 visit the CDC.
Before getting a flu shot, check with your primary care physician to make sure it is safe for you to receive the vaccine. If you are unable to visit your primary care physician for the flu shot, Green Clinic’s TechCare will have flu shots available. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred to ensure availability of vaccine. TechCare’s pricing information is listed below: