Is it a Cold, Allergies or COVID-19?
By Gregory T. Williams, MD Chief of Infectious Disease This time of year, it can be difficult to know if your symptoms are the sign of a...
To schedule a flu vaccine, please contact your Reliant primary care provider's office or book an appointment directly through MyChart.
Due to COVID-19, we are not hosting walk-in flu clinics this year. All flu vaccines will be provided by appointment only. Some offices will offer evening and weekend appointments for flu vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects that COVID-19 infections will keep spreading when the flu season arrives this fall and winter. Catching both infections is possible, so you should get vaccinated against preventable illnesses, such as the flu. We understand you may be concerned about visiting a medical office to get the flu vaccine, however we have many safety precautions in place.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, after getting vaccinated and possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines. We are not offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments at this time. To find a vaccine site near you, visit www.vaxfinder.mass.gov. Patients without internet access can call 2-1-1 for assistance.
The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended influenza vaccine for all children and adults starting at age 6 months of age.
The link below is the statement from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu to more people.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine this season, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated.
Those people include the following:
Flu information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)
Persons who have experienced a severe allergic reaction to a prior dose of influenza vaccine, or who are known to have a severe allergy to a vaccine component (except egg) should not be vaccinated with the influenza vaccine at this time. Precautions to vaccination include moderate or severe acute illness at the time the vaccine is to be given, or history of Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of a dose of influenza vaccine. There is no evidence that the injectable form of the vaccine causes influenza, and a history of illness after getting the vaccine is not a reason for a vaccine exemption.