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Flu shots are recommended as soon as they become available so as to avoid missing an opportunity to get vaccinate. However, because of the likelihood of diminished protection against flu later in season, especially for older people, patients should consider getting vaccinated in September and October. As long as flu viruses are circulating, flu vaccination should continue, even During month of January or later. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will be meeting at the end of June and will be providing Updated recommendations regarding Influenza, including ideal timing for patients to receive Flu vaccinations for the upcoming Flu Season. Influenza and coronavirus Disease 2019 are both contagious infections caused by viruses that spread through respiratory droplets. They can cause mild to severe illnesses and similar symptoms, including fever, cough, body aches and fatigue. While they share some similarities, Flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses. Flu can be caused by several types and strains of the Influenza virus. Flu viruses can be detected year-round in the US, but illnesses tend to be more common during fall and winter months. The best way to protect yourself against Flu, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, is to receive Flu Vaccine each year. COVID-19 is caused by one virus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2. It has been circulating in the US since early 2020, and it isn't yet known if illnesses are more common during certain months. Unlike Flu, there is no Vaccine For COVID-19 yet, but scientists are currently working on testing and developing one. Note that much is still unknown about COVID-19, but at this time it appears as if COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate than most strains of Flu. According to the CDC, getting a flu shot each year is the best way to help protect against flu. During the Pandemic, getting flu shot may have been even more important. Receiving Flu Vaccine can help preserve health care resources and protect vulnerable populations. For example, both Flu and COVID-19 can cause you to become sick enough that you need to see your health care provider or even be hospitalize. But getting Flu Vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of Flu-related doctor visits and hospitalizations, which can potentially free up valuable medical resources for other people. Walgreens is taking several measures to keep both customers and team members safer during vaccinations. Before receiving Flu Shot, pharmacists will screen all patients by taking temperatures. Our pharmacy team members wear disposable face masks at all times and plastic face shields when administering vaccinations for added protection. They will also follow Standard Immunization Administration glove and handwashing procedures. In addition, all pharmacy customers are encouraged to wear face masks to help protect others. Some local and State governments may require people to wear face covering or mask while in stores.

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Flu Vaccine may also stimulate the patient's immune system to step up and fight off COVID-19 more quickly and rigorously than otherwise, Yang add. That point was echoed by Dr. Michael Niederman, associate division chief and clinical director of pulmonary and critical care at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center, in New York City. Flu shots can stimulate specific antiviral immunity, he note, as well as nonspecific 'innate immunity. ' It's that latter effect that might end up conferring added protection against most serious outcomes among COVID patients, Niederman say. It's also the case that just avoiding getting the flu-by means of Flu shot-can help preserve patient's immune system readiness, say Chunhuei Chi, director of Oregon State University's Center for Global Health. One thing we do know is that flu shots are effective in preventing flu, Chi say. And when a person is infected with the flu, her / his immune system will weaken. Under such conditions, people are more vulnerable to infection with COVID-19 and, if infect, tends to be more serious. Chi also notes that, on average, those who get flu shots tend to be people who are more cautious and care about their own health. These are the same people who are more likely to higher level of safety-hygiene practices during pandemic, which could mean that their future COVID-19 exposure might be to lower density of the virus. Niederman broadly agree, suggesting that those who get vaccinated against the flu are already likely at lower risk of getting COVID-19. People who get Flu shot are also the same people who are likely to follow other preventive care advice, such as wearing masks and social distancing. It is the latter that prevents COVID, not flu shot itself, Niederman say. Whatever the explanation, latest finding seems to offer yet another incentive to get flu shot. Yang say, fact is that benefits seem to exist. More studies will be needed to look at what the mechanism behind benefit is.

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The flu shot

Flu shots can make your life easier. A brief needle stick or nasal spray can protect you from this dangerous illness. It is particularly important for certain groups of people, such as older adults, healthcare workers, and pregnant women. Influenza, or Flu, isnt just a simple cold. Following symptoms that often accompany flu are more severe than symptoms of common cold: High Fever chills, body ache, Sore throat Cough Fatigue Flu can catch you by surprise with its intensity and leave you feeling sick for days. It can also lead to life threatening complications. According to the American Lung Association, 3 000 to 49 000 Americans die from flu-related causes each year. Learn How Flu Vaccine may help you stay safe and healthy this Flu Season.

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What is the flu (influenza)?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by Influenza Viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have Flu often experience fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. Some people, such as people over age 65, young children, and those with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious Flu complications. The best way to prevent Flu is by getting vaccinated each year with a Flu shot.


What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms of flu appear quickly. This sudden onset of symptoms is often the flus first hallmark. With similar illnesses, such as cold, it can take several days for symptoms to emerge. Another common early symptom of flu is the breadth of pain. People with flu report feeling uncomfortable all over their body as an early symptom. You may feel as if youve been hit by a truck. Getting out of bed may prove to be difficult and slow going. This feeling may be an early symptom of the flu. After this, other symptoms of flu may begin appearing, making it obvious you have virus.

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COVID-19 and Flu

It is likely that flu viruses and viruses that cause COVID-19 will circulate together this Fall and winter. The flu vaccine will not prevent COVID-19. Flu vaccines are approved by the FDA for prevention of influenza Disease, so getting a vaccinate can help keep you out of doctors office and preserve health care resources for patients with other diseases and medical conditions, including COVID-19. The FDA plays a key role in ensuring that safe and effective flu vaccines are available every flu season. Flu viruses are spread by droplets when people infected with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu may also be spread when a person touches a surface or object that has flu viruses on it and then touches their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Its best to get immunized early in Flu season. The CDC recommends that adults and children older than 6 months should get the Flu vaccine by the end of October. Even if you wait until after October, go get your Flu vaccine. It is still beneficial because it can protect you for the remainder of the flu season. For more information on vaccines, Immunization and where to get vaccinate, visit www. Vaccines. Gov. If you have already been sick with Flu this season without getting vaccinate, Flu vaccine is still recommend, because Flu vaccine prevents three or four different flu virus strains, depending on which vaccine you receive. Presumably, you were infected with one type of Flu virus strain, so the Flu vaccine would still offer protection against flu virus strain that you have already had.

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The Flu Vaccine Is Safe

As Flu Season approaches in the United States, health experts are warning that the addition of another respiratory illness on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could overburden the health care system, strain testing capacity, and increase the risk of catching both diseases at once. In bad flu season, which peaks from December to February, 40 million to 50 million Americans may catch the flu, with some 800 000 requiring hospitalization, according to Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, infectious disease expert at UC San Francisco. So the worry is that with the onset of Flu Season, youre going to get peaks of Flu and COVID-19 cases at same time, he say. Even with mild Flu Season, convergence with COVID surge could very rapidly overwhelm our hospital system. Unlike COVID-19, however, flu is a familiar foe, and safe and effective Vaccine is available every year. Although the infection fatality rate of flu is less than 0. 1 percent, roughly 10 times less than that of COVID-19, it still kills 30 000 to 60 000 Americans every year. Here we have disease, influenza, scourge of humankind going back centuries, says epidemiologist George Rutherford, MD. We have Vaccine thats pretty effective. Theres no reason for the US to be filling our ICUs with people with Influenza who didnt get vaccinate. For both Flu and COVID-19, elderly and those with underlying conditions are more susceptible, but Flu also hits children particularly hard and spreads readily in schools. The more people in all age groups who get Flu Vaccine, more protected these vulnerable populations will be, experts say. And the time to get Vaccination is early in the Flu Season. It is best to have your flu shot in late September or early October in order to ensure that you have time-usually two weeks-to develop immune response before there is widespread transmission of flu, say Josh Adler, MD, chief clinical officer of UCSF Health. Flu Vaccine in this time frame generally provides protection throughout the entire Flu Season. 1. Going to the doctors office seems risky during COVID-19. The risk at doctors office is very likely to be much less than the risk of going out to supermarket or crowded location, say Chiu. That is because health care workers are vigilant about taking appropriate precautions. Most documented COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in gatherings where people were not adhering to standard precautions like mask wearing and social distancing. This is exactly the opposite of a controlled situation such as a doctors office, say Chiu. Experts say local pharmacies are also safe settings for getting flu shot. Like any activity during COVID-19, it is about balancing risks and benefits. The benefits of getting Vaccine far outweigh the very, very low risk of one visit to the doctors office while wearing a mask and social distancing, said Chiu. 2. I am already social distancing and wearing a mask, so I wo catch Flu.


Whats in a flu shot?

This natural compound is found in household products, from glues and other adhesives to press-wood furniture. Formaldehyde is a gas thats soluble in water. It is used in flu vaccine to inactivate the influenza virus. Routine exposure to large doses of formaldehyde is linked to eye and throat irritation, breathing trouble, and higher risk for certain cancers. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most formaldehyde used in producing vaccine undergoes removal from vaccine solution before being packaged and sent to doctors and pharmacies. Per the Food and Drug Administration, level of formaldehyde that remains in the vaccine is much lower than the amount that occurs naturally in the human body. The residual amount of formaldehyde used in vaccines does not pose a safety concern, and there is no evidence linking cancer to infrequent exposure to tiny amounts of formaldehyde via injection as occurs with vaccines.


Is the flu shot safe?

Over the past 50 years, several hundred million people in the United States have safely received flu vaccines. Severe reactions to flu shots are extremely rare. For every million flu shots, severe reactions occur in about 0. 2 cases. Before approving flu shot for public use, Food and Drug Administration carefully evaluate its safety and effectiveness. FDA also ensure that all vaccines contain substances that comply with their strict Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA continuously monitor the safety of flu shots. They use the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System platform to identify and examine any Adverse reactions to flu shots.

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