Time for a Flu Shot: Here is What You Need to Know

The 2021-2022 flu season is already well underway here in the United States. Even though a lot of focus has been given to COVID-19 this year, it’s still important for us all to do what we can to prevent the spread of other diseases that are prominent in the fall and winter, like influenza. The best ways to stop the spread of the flu are to avoid contact with infected people, wash your hands frequently, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get your flu shot.

What’s New with the Flu Shot this Year

There are a few changes with the 2021-2022 flu vaccines that patients may want to know. 

The composition of all the flu shots on the market this year has been updated and they all protect against four different flu strains. 

Seniors are advised against early vaccination (in July or August) since they may not be protected for the entire flu season as protection fades over time. 

Children may be vaccinated as soon as vaccines are available, but some children may need two doses, with the second given at least four weeks after the first.

Flu vaccines can be given at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine.

General Recommendations

Everyone should get a flu vaccine, with a few exceptions. Infants under six months old, people who are allergic to any component of the vaccine, or people who have had an adverse reaction to a flu vaccine in the past should NOT get vaccinated. Additionally, anyone with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome or who is generally not feeling well should consult with their doctor before receiving a flu vaccine.

Flu Shot & COVID-19

Again, it is considered safe to receive a flu shot at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine dose. You should not postpone receiving your flu shot because of recently being vaccinated for COVID-19, nor should you postpone due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in your area. However, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not go to a vaccine clinic without speaking with your doctor first.

Get Your Flu Shot in Tampa Bay

Are you ready to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu this season? Then, come right on into AFC Urgent Care in Tampa Bay, where we administer flu vaccines all season long on a walk-in basis. That’s right.. .you don’t even need an appointment! Contact us at (727) 685-3779 or online for more information about your flu shot today!