During this global pandemic, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your family from the flu by getting your flu shot—and getting it early in the season. We make it easy by offering flu shots at most of our primary care, women’s care and urgent care locations. (Urgent care locations can provide flu shots only for those age 19 and older.) An annual flu shot protects against the four flu strains most likely in circulation this season. If you get the flu, your flu shot may help reduce the severity of your symptoms. You can get the flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations. Call your health care provider and schedule your flu shot today!
Flu causes fever, sore throat, muscle aches and other symptoms. It can be transmitted by coughing, sneezing and close contact with others who have the flu—similar to the transmission of the coronavirus illness, COVID-19. As with COVID-19, severe cases can result in hospitalization and even death.
To protect yourself and those you love from getting the flu, follow the same measures you take now to prevent COVID-19 spread:
Flu and COVID-19 viruses share many of the same symptoms. If you experience any flu-like symptoms, avoid contact with others and call your provider’s office for guidance, or use Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Virtual Urgent Care.
Want to know more about the ins and outs of the flu shot? We’ve got you covered.
Schedule an appointment to get your flu shot with your primary care provider or women’s care provider or walk in to one of our Franciscan Prompt Care or Franciscan Urgent Care locations (flu vaccines not available at our Port Orchard Urgent Care or Belfair Urgent Care clinics) throughout Puget Sound.
Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Handwashing can prevent one in five respiratory infections, such as colds and flu, and one in three diarrhea-related sicknesses.
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
Washing your hands the right way removes more germs.