Flu Shot in the Arm

flu shots

The COVID-19 Pandemic Makes Flu Prevention a Critical Need

It is possible to become infected with COVID-19 and flu at the same time – and flu may increase COVID-19 severity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that’s just one reason the COVID-19 pandemic increases the need to get a flu shot. The CDC also says the flu shot reduces the need for medical visits for influenza-like illness, and that means less risk of being exposed to patients with COVID-19.

Generally, effectiveness of the flu vaccine can fluctuate from year-to-year but getting an annual flu vaccination is still the best way to stay well. The CDC says flu vaccines have been used over 50 years and have a good safety record, with extensive research supporting the safety of flu vaccines.

    What To Know About Your Flu Shot Vaccine Woman Blowing Nose

    Flu Vaccine 101

    Concentra utilizes the Flucelvax Quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against four virus strains, instead of just three. This vaccine is produced using cell-based technology for potentially greater vaccine effectiveness than traditional, egg-based vaccines.

    The Flucelvax Quadrivalent flu vaccine contains inactivated virus so it cannot give you the flu.

    Published research has described human behaviors concerning flu shots. Some top characteristics of people who decide to get a flu shot include:

    • They care about protecting society, the community, and their work group.
    • They are encouraged by their family, friends, and employers to get a flu shot.
    • They are interested in protecting their health.
    • Often they have gotten a flu vaccination in prior years but many decide to get a flu shot for the first time, especially after taking steps to improve their health in other ways.

    Congratulations if you are generally healthy!

    Supporting your immunity through a healthy diet and lifestyle can put you are a step ahead. But flu season is fickle. No one knows in advance how severe it will be or who will be most affected. Getting a flu shot is extra protection, even if you are generally healthy.

      Why Concentra Flu Shot

      Why Concentra?

      A healthy employee has a higher sense of wellbeing for the present and the future. Concentra’s commitment to making healthier workforces spans more than 40 years.

      Getting a flu shot early in the flu season, which typically begins in October, is recommended. It usually takes a couple weeks after the injection for the vaccination to reach its full effectiveness.

      Getting a flu shot in the fall can protect you all flu season.

      If you are looking for a place to get your annual flu shot, Concentra is an excellent choice:

      • Our preferred vaccine supplier is the only US-based vaccine manufacturer using cell-based technology for greater vaccine effectiveness potential.
      • All Concentra medical clinics – more than 520 nationwide – will have the flu vaccine from September until the end of flu season.
      • Concentra medical clinics welcome walk-ins.
      • Individuals suspected or confirmed with COVID-19 (whether showing symptoms or not) should postpone getting a flu vaccine until they have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue isolation.

      A flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older without an allergy to the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients.