Flu Vaccine Information

We want to keep you healthy…let us arm you against the flu.

This year it is more important then ever to get your flu shot. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting our communities, it is critical to keep your immune system strong and protect yourself from the flu virus. The flu shot not only reduces your risk of illness, but can prevent hospitalizations and deaths. Getting a flu shot also helps conserve potentially scarce health care resources during this pandemic.

Early prevention is your best defense.

Flu season begins in the early fall and ends in the spring, peaking between December and February. It’s best to get vaccinated before flu season starts.

For more information on flu vaccine coverage for Martin's Point health plan members and offerings for patients:

 

Who Should Get Vaccinated? 

Who should get a flu shot:
  • All healthy adults, especially those 65 years of age and older.
  • All children, 6 months of age and older. 
  • Pregnant women
  • Healthcare workers
  • People with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or weakened immune systems
  • Caregivers of children under 5 years old

Who should NOT get a flu shot:

  • Infants younger than 6 months of age
  • Anyone with an egg allergy
  • Anyone who has had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past
  • Anyone who currently has a moderate or severe illness or fever

Should I Get the Flu Vaccine if I’m Sick?

Research shows very mild illness shouldn’t impact the flu vaccine. But, if you have any sort of symptoms associated with COVID-19, you should wait to get your vaccine to avoid exposing others in the clinic to the virus.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

See More COVID related information here 

Protect yourself and your loved ones by keeping up-to-date with the latest CDC recommendations and seasonal flu updates. Learn more about seasonal flu prevention, symptoms, and which vaccines are recommended this season.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html   

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm

 

 

Have questions? We’re here to help.

Call a Martin’s Point Health Care Center or talk to one of our health plan specialists today.