The Importance of Flu Shots during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from the influenza virus. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.
It is recommended that everyone get a flu shot by October 31, if possible.
Who should get a flu shot?
The CDC recommends that all healthy people six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year with rare exception. Some vaccines are not recommended in some situations and for people with certain health conditions, and some people should not receive influenza vaccines at all (though this is uncommon). You can read the CDC recommendations here.
Where can I get a flu shot?
Many local pharmacies, workplaces, and community health clinics offer flu vaccines.
If you have health insurance, contact your primary health care provider to make an appointment to get a flu shot.
Waukesha County Public Health offers flu shots for eligible children and adults who do not have traditional insurance. Learn about getting a flu shot at our clinic here.
You can find a list of flu shot locations near you through the federal government’s Vaccine Finder tool.