From the University of Arizona
Information You Need: Get your flu shot!
We are entering the 2020-2021 flu season in the midst of a pandemic and it is more important than ever to receive a flu vaccine. Here are just a few reasons:
- In Arizona, over 4,000 people are hospitalized for complications from the flu each year. Therefore, hospitalized flu cases added to the number of hospitalized COVID-19 cases will further stress an already overwhelmed healthcare system.
- If someone were to be hospitalized for the flu, their risk of developing COVID-19 would increase as they would be in a high-risk healthcare setting.
- Experts are unsure exactly how a simultaneous infection of the flu and COVID-19 would affect the body.
- Flu symptoms can be very similar to symptoms of COVID-19, as they are both respiratory viruses. So the medical equipment needed to assist severe cases (e.g., supplemental oxygen, ventilators) would also be similar and could exacerbate medical equipment shortages.
|Who SHOULD get the flu vaccine?|
|Anyone over the age of 6 months should receive a flu vaccine including: – Pregnant women – Older adults over 65 years of age should consider getting the “High Dose” version of the vaccine, talk to your provider for more information – Individuals with chronic medical conditions – Health care workers and their families|
|Who should talk to their healthcare provider BEFORE getting the flu vaccine?|
|– Children younger than 6 months old – Individuals with a severe chicken egg allergy (those with mild chicken egg allergies should check with their physician), there may be an alternative vaccine for those who have an allergy – Individuals who have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past – Those with a current illness accompanied by a fever should wait until the fever and other symptoms subside to get a flu vaccine|
|Where can I get a flu shot?|
|To locate a flu shot clinic near you: – Contact your primary care provider as they may have vaccines available at their practice – Contact your insurance company to find out if there are any in-network clinic preferences – Visit the “Stop the Spread AZ” website – Dial 211 in Arizona (call 1-877-211-8661 if outside of Arizona) – Call your local pharmacy or grocery store to see if they offer flu shots, you may also visit their websites to find out more information, locations, or to make an appointment|
|When going to receive a flu shot, it is especially important to:|
|– Take COVID-19 safety precautions including: wearing a cloth face covering, maintaining physical distancing, and avoiding crowded, poorly ventilated spaces – Be sure to take your temperature before going to receive a flu shot. If you have a temperature over 100, wait until your fever subsides before getting the vaccine|
|Frequently Asked Question: Can the flu shot give me the flu?|
|Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding the flu shot is that getting the vaccine can “give you flu.” In fact, the flu virus is “inactive” which means that the virus particles are dead and thus cannot spread the virus. Some may feel mild symptoms after receiving the vaccine because their body is developing the antibodies needed to protect them from the flu.|
|Visit this link for more information about getting the flu vaccine.|
Information provided by The University of Arizona at: https://azcovidtxt.org/2020/09/01/updates-august-31/
From the CDC
This Season a Flu Vaccine is More Important than Ever!
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.
The more people vaccinated; the more people protected. Do your part. Get a flu vaccine this fall.
What to expect for the 2020-2021 flu season, during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Information provided by the CDC : https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/protect-your-health.html
From the Arizona Department of Health Services
Preventing the Flu: Get Vaccinated!
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination every year. There are two types of vaccines:
- The “flu shot” – an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle. The flu shot is approved for use in people 6 months of age and older, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.
When to Get Vaccinated
Everyone should get vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine becomes available each year. However, it is still beneficial for anyone who was not vaccinated in early fall to get vaccinated later in the fall or winter because most influenza activity typically occurs in January or later. Though it varies, flu season can last as late as May so it is never too late to get vaccinated.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated every year. Even healthy people should get vaccinated because they could spread the flu to someone who is at high risk for complications from the flu or who is not able to get a flu vaccine.
Where to Get Vaccinated?
- Visit Vaccine Finder to find a flu shot clinic near you.
Flu Vaccination is especially important for:
- People at high risk for complications from the flu, including:
- Children aged 6 months or older,
- Pregnant women,
- People 50 years of age and older,
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and
- People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above)
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
- Anyone who wants to decrease his or her risk of getting or spreading influenza.
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. They include:
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs. People with mild allergic reactions (hives) should still be vaccinated.
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
- People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
- Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group).
- People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your healthcare provider.
Information provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services: https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/flu/index.php#vaccine
From the CDC Regarding Immunization Recommendation
A CDC report released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccinations as a result of families staying at home. While families followed public health warnings about going out, an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend every child continues to receive routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Well-Child Visits and Vaccinations Are Essential Services
Children need to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential services and help make sure children are protected. Children who are not protected by vaccines may be more likely to get diseases like measles and whooping cough.
As communities are opening up, it’s important for parents to work with their children’s doctor or nurse to make sure their children stay up to date on routine vaccines.
Information provided by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/visit/vaccination-during-COVID-19.html