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Flu Shots

What to Know About Flu Season 2020

While it’s not possible to say what will happen this fall and winter, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes that the flu virus (influenza) and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading this year. To prepare for the colder months, please heed this public health advice.

Get your flu shot as soon as it becomes available.

While the COVID-19 vaccine is in its initial stage of distribution, the influenza vaccine is widely available and proven to prevent the spread of viral infection. The flu vaccine remains the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from influenza. The flu vaccine prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations, which further strain the healthcare system. Individuals aged 65 years and older and those with certain chronic medical conditions become high-risk patients if they develop serious flu-related complications.

Beginning in October, the following Ogden Clinic locations will offer affordable flu shots during business hours.

Cost

Our flu shots have a $0 co-pay with most insurance plans*. No insurance? No problem. Our flu shot self-pay rate is only $35 upfront (or $50 for patients over age 65).

*Check with your insurance carrier beforehand, providers and plans will vary.

More about the Flu Shot

The flu shot works by injecting a weaken form of the flu virus so the body will begin developing antibodies to protect against the virus. Each year, flu vaccines are developed to protect against these three primary forms of influenza virus:

  • Influenza A (H1N1)
  • Influenza A (H3N2)
  • Influenza B

When to Get a Flu Shot

In the US, flu season typically begins in early October and may run until as late as May. Peak seasons for influenza are December, January, and February. The CDC encourages individuals to get vaccinated as early as possible, so swing by a participating clinic before the end of October.

Other ways to protect yourself and your family during the flu season 2020

  • Continue to practice good hygiene, handwashing, and sanitation.
  • Continue to wear your mask in public.
  • If you or your cohabitants feel ill, stay home as often as possible and isolate the symptomatic person.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Choose grocery delivery if available and take-out rather than dining inside restaurants.
  • Support your immunity with adequate sleep, a nutrient-dense diet, good hydration, and stress management.
  • Get your flu shot!

Flu Season 2020 FAQS

Q: Who has the biggest risk of becoming ill?

A: The elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and people with existing respiratory conditions like asthma or lung disease are at risk of having more complex complications if they were to contract COVID-19.

Q: Is the flu shot safe for everyone?

A: Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages. Everyone should get an influenza vaccine that is appropriate for their age unless they are part of the following populations:

  • Children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu shot.
  • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients.

More information from the CDC here.

Q: How long is this year's flu vaccine effective?

A: The flu vaccine is most effective in the first three months after getting the shot, but it lasts for about six months. Over time, antibody levels decline and changes in the flu strain from year to year mean the antibodies you do have are less effective against new strains.

Q: How much does the flu shot cost?

A: The influenza shot is fully covered by insurance with no co-pay. If you do not have insurance, a self-pay flu shot is $35 or $50 for patients over age 65.

Q: Do I need an appointment?

A: Nope. Flu shots at Ogden Clinic are available on a walk-in basis.

Q: Can my children receive a flu shot?

A: Annual flu vaccination is recommended for all children ages 6 months and up. If your infant is less than 6 months old, those around your baby should receive the vaccine to protect the baby, as infants are one of the highest risk groups for complications of influenza. For all kids age 6 months to 5 years, as well as those with chronic medical conditions, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks. Learn more about flu shot recommendations for babies and children on the CDC website.

Q: Does the influenza vaccine prevent against COVID-19?

A: The flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19; however, flu vaccination has other important benefits such as reducing the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. And getting your flu vaccine this fall will help conserve scarce healthcare resources.

Q: Can you have the coronavirus and the flu at the same time?

A: Unfortunately, yes — and if you have the coronavirus and the flu at the same time, the resulting impact could be even more severe than having either infection alone. By this fall, some areas may have a test available that can look for both the coronavirus and flu viruses so you may only need one test.

Q: What are the differences between influenza and COVID-19 symptoms?

A: Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Flu differences: Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, including common signs and symptoms listed above. Learn more about flu symptoms here.

COVID-19 differences; COVID-19 seems to cause more serious illnesses in some people. Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms here.

Learn more about the contagious period of each virus here.

Q: Can I get a flu shot if I have a cold?

A: People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting the flu vaccine. If you are ill, check with your healthcare provider first. People with mild illness can usually receive the vaccine.

Q: Can I get a flu shot if I am pregnant?

A: The CDC highly recommends flu vaccinations during any stage of pregnancy. If you have questions or concerns, please check with your healthcare provider.

Q: Will flu season be lighter in 2020 because of mask wearing and social distancing?

A: Data out of the Southern Hemisphere indicates that their flu season was not as severe as in years’ past due to mask mandates and social distancing. No one knows for sure how the 2020 flu season will impact the Northern Hemisphere, but it will largely depend on public behavior. Getting vaccinated, along with staying home, masking up, and keeping one’s distance, could dampen flu season and prevent a dual outbreak.