UPDATE –SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
Flu shots are now available for the upcoming flu season. People are encouraged to get a flu shot this year to protect against getting both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, but also to lessen the chance of contracting the flu and putting additional stress upon the health care system that may need to prioritize for COVID patients should the virus spike again.
CDC recommends that people receive the flu shot by the end of October, keeping in mind that it takes about two weeks for the shot to build up to full protection in one’s system. Older persons and persons with underlying conditions that compromise the immune system may want to wait until close to the end of October to get the shot to allow for full effectiveness of the shot through the peak months of the flu season. According to the CDC, “getting vaccinated early … is likely to be associated with reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season, particularly among older adults.” (For more information, see the CDC article on the flu vaccine.)
Some pharmacies are offering the opportunity to make appointments to get the flu shots. Check with your pharmacy. If you are a member of the Benefits Plan, these shots are 100% covered as a preventative procedure.
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