It’s time to get your annual flu vaccination. Protect yourself and the people around you from flu & reduce strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Make a flu shot appointment by calling 773.751.7800.
A few things are different for the 2021-2022 influenza (flu) season, including:
- The composition of flu vaccines has been updated.
- Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.
- Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, with few exceptions.
- September and October are generally good times to be vaccinated. Ideally, everyone should be vaccinated by the end of October.
- While flu activity may be low in your community now, it could begin increasing at any time. Remember, after you are vaccinated, your body takes about two weeks to develop antibodies that protect against flu.
— facts from Centers for Disease Control
More Q & A from CDC
- What is the difference between flu and COVID-19? Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and seasonal flu (most often just called “flu”) is caused by infection with one of many influenza viruses that spread annually among people.
- Can I have flu and COVID-19 at the same time? Yes. It is possible to have flu and other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 at the same time. Health experts are still studying how common this is. Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Diagnostic testing can help determine if you are sick with flu or COVID-19.
- If I get sick with flu, am I at higher risk of contracting COVID-19? Because COVID-19 is still a relatively new illness, we have little information about how flu illness might affect a person’s risk of getting COVID-19. We do know that people can be infected with flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 at the same time. Getting a flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and its potentially serious complications, and getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection against COVID-19.
- Does a flu vaccination increase your risk of getting COVID-19? No. There is no evidence that getting a flu vaccination raises your risk of getting sick from COVID-19 or any other coronavirus. (Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold.)
- Do I need a flu vaccine if I wear a mask and practice physical distancing? Yes. Wearing a mask and physical distancing can help protect you and others from respiratory viruses, like flu and the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the best way to reduce your risk of flu illness and its potentially serious complications is for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine each year. By getting a flu vaccine, you may also be protecting people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
It’s quick and easy.
- HHC patients can call 773.751.7800 to set up a flu shot appointment. If you’re not our patient yet, we can set you up today!
- You can also find walk-in options at the Chicago Department of Public Health’s online Flu Clinic Finder: www.ChicagoFluShots.org