While it’s unclear how prevalent influenza (flu) will be this season, experts predict it will be more widespread than last year. Factors like fewer people working from home and kids being back in school could lead to higher transmission, which is why it’s important to protect yourself by getting a flu shot.
This season, all influenza (flu) vaccines are quadrivalent. This means they’re designed to protect against the four flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines are not designed to protect against COVID-19. Likewise, a COVID-19 vaccine is not designed to protect against the flu. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated against both, and it is safe to get both vaccines at the same time.
At Washington Regional Medical Center, we’re here to get you vaccinated and answer any questions you may have about the flu, COVID-19 or vaccines. To schedule an appointment, call 252-793-4500 or go online: https://www.washingtonregionalmedical.org/request-appointment/