Do you remember when COVID-19 first came to the U.S? Hard to forget. It also happened to be at the peak of Flu season, and many of us were confused about the symptoms because there are many similarities between flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms. As more information about the COVID-19 virus has become available over the past few months, we are now approaching the 2020/2021 flu season and we are trying to avoid any possible confusion this year. One of the ways to do that is for people to get their flu shots early. AFC Urgent Care Torrington is aware of the possible “twindemic” and we are ready to help our friends and families in the Torrington community get their flu shots. We will also help answer questions about what to expect with COVID-19 and the flu this season.
Why should I get the flu shot? I didn’t get the flu last year
Since COVID-19 is still around and there is inconsistent behavior on practicing social distancing, and wearing and cleaning masks, it makes it hard to predict anything about the flu season. You definitely do not want to get both, especially if you are immunocompromised. For those of you who are young and healthy, your flu shot counts too, if not more because there is a good chance you are seeing friends and family and going to populated places (school, for one!) that may be a breeding ground for both viruses.
AFC Urgent Care offers the Quadrivalent Flu shot
Flu shots are made months in advance to combat strains of influenza that may appear this flu season. All of our AFC Urgent Care locations in Connecticut are offering the most comprehensive vaccine on the market today, the Quadrivalent flu shot.
This year there are a few updates to the Flu vaccines for the 2020/2021 season.
DON’T be another statistic!
Did you know the majority of adults in the U.S. don’t get their flu shots?
As data is still being aggregated for this past flu season, it is important to point out that approximately 45% of adults got their flu shots back in the 2018/2019 flu season. This is not the year to blow off your annual flu vaccine. As some of us are still working from home and will not be receiving a complimentary shot at your job, we suggest coming into any of our centers for a flu vaccine. We have plenty of vaccines available for both immune compromised individuals and the young and healthy that are likely to spread it.
Who should get a flu vaccinated this year?
Anyone above the age of 6 months should get vaccinated for the flu. If you are over the age of 65, pregnant, have health conditions like diabetes, heart disease or any other COVID-19 related risks, then you should get it sooner rather than later! This category of people are considered high risk for both the flu and COVID-19. There are still people traveling and the younger age groups may pose a risk for spreading both the flu and COVID-19 to high risk individuals.
When should we get the flu shot?
Now. The CDC recommends that everyone get their flu shot in September or October, before the start of the Flu season.
Since children are typically the biggest spreaders of flu we hope that getting them a flu shot, wearing masks and practicing social distancing will help stop transmission…for now.
In addition to this, there are still people traveling. Every week there are states/locations on Connecticut’s travel advisory that are still wishy washy with spikes of COVID-19 cases. This list is updated weekly and some states are on it one week, off another and then back on it the next. So plan ahead and avoid unnecessary travel, if you can.
Avoid the Twindemic and get your Flu Shot today!
AFC Urgent Care Torrington cannot stress it enough: Get your flu shot between now and late October.. We have plenty of influenza vaccines readily available for residents in the surrounding communities of Torrington, Connecticut. If you’re worried about walking into our center, AFC TeleCare is STILL an option for you to set up an appointment to get your Flu shot or to be seen for COVID-19 testing. You can also call ahead for more information about the flu shot or you can show up to our center without an appointment. Our staff is fully equipped with PPE gear and we make sure our facility is clean and sanitized for you. We will meet you outside to evaluate you first.
And, just so you know…COVID-19 testing for the active virus is done at your car, so you don’t have to worry about anyone who is potentially “positive” (or is) from walking into the building for test results. COVID-19 antibody testing is done inside for the blood-draw, however we make sure to streamline this process with extra safety and cleaning precautions before having you come in. The same goes for getting the flu vaccine. We will meet you outside to see if you are experiencing any symptoms. Then we will evaluate you and your physical health before coming inside to administer the Flu vaccine.
Stay tuned for the ABBOT Rapid test *Some restrictions may apply.
Join AFC Urgent Care in “One Nation FREE FROM THE FLU”. Together we can stop the spread of the Flu-One Flu shot at a time. Our priority is to keep you, your family and our community healthy.