To avoid having a bad flu season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, providers stress getting your flu shot early this fall.
While there’s no way to determine how bad a flu season will be, many are concerned that the overlap between the flu season and the coronavirus pandemic could cause issues.
Flu vaccine- frequently asked questions:
- Should I get the flu vaccine? Yes, it is recommended by the CDC that most patients age 6 months and older receive the vaccine each year. You can read the CDC recommendations here.
- When should I get the flu vaccine? The ideal time to get the flu vaccine is from mid-September through October. If you get the flu vaccine too early, there is a chance it will not protect you into the spring. Traditionally, in Virginia, flu season starts in November and lasts through April.
- Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine? No. Many people think they have gotten the flu from getting the vaccine. This is not medically possible. It is possible, however, to become sick shortly after getting the flu vaccine, even with flu, if you were exposed to the illness around the time of the vaccine. It is also possible to feel achy and “not quite right” after getting a flu vaccine. This is probably an immune response to the vaccine and is not a reason to avoid the vaccine. This probably means your body is mounting a good immune response after receiving the vaccine.
- Is there preservative in the flu vaccine that SDHS is giving this year? No. We only use pre-filled syringes for our flu vaccines, and they do not contain any Thimerosal or mercury.
- Should my baby get the flu vaccine? Yes. If your child is over the age of 6 months, they can get the flu vaccine. If your child is under the age of 8 and has not already had 2 flu vaccines at some point in their life, they will need TWO doses given one month apart to be considered protected.
- Can I get the flu vaccine and other vaccines at the same time? Yes. The flu vaccine that SDHS gives if compatible with all other vaccines.
- Should I get the flu vaccine if I am allergic to eggs? Yes. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends that even people with significant allergy to eggs can get the flu vaccine. There are only TWO reasons to not get the flu vaccine and those are severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past and a history of an illness called Guillain-Barre syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous dose of influenza vaccine. Persons with moderate or severe illness with or without fever should postpone their flu vaccine, but even persons with mild illness can get a flu vaccine.
- Do I need to see a provider to get my flu vaccine? No. If you are an established patient with SDHS you can call and schedule a nurse visit for the vaccine.
- Will SDHS be offering the high dose flu vaccine for persons 65 years of age and older? Yes. We are offering Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine this year.
Please call any of our offices to schedule your visit for your flu vaccine or if you have questions regarding the flu vaccine.
Lunenburg Medical Center
1508 K-V Road
Victoria, VA 23974
Amelia Healthcare Center
8920 Otterburn Road
Amelia, VA 23002
Dinwiddie Medical Center
13855 Courthouse Road
Dinwiddie, VA 23841
Emporia Medical Center
510 North Main Street
Emporia, VA 23847