The best option to protect yourself during the looming influenza season has arrived: the flu vaccine.
The start of flu season is unpredictable. It can arrive as early as October, which is why receiving a flu shot soon is important. Anyone who is older than 65 years, has a chronic illness or works with chronically ill people is especially susceptible to the flu and should be vaccinated.
This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics is not recommending the FluMist nasal spray because it is not effective enough. That means all patients, regardless of age, will need to receive a flu shot to be vaccinated.
St. Anthony’s primary care physicians can provide flu shots to patients. Patients who do not already have a primary care physician can find one here. The vaccine also is available without an appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at each of St. Anthony’s four urgent care centers:
St. Anthony’s urgent care centers offer online check-in for patients’ convenience.
St. Anthony’s urgent cares can provide the vaccine to patients who are 8 years or older. A parent or guardian must be present and sign a consent form for children who are younger than 18 years. Pregnant women can receive the vaccine with an order from their doctor. The cost for a flu shot at St. Anthony’s urgent cares is $44 and is self-pay only (insurance and Medicare will not be billed).
In addition to being vaccinated, other ways to protect yourself from the flu or any other virus include:
- Good hygiene, such as hand washing
- Covering your mouth with the bend of your arm when you cough or sneeze
- Avoiding people who are sick
- Staying home and away from other people when you’re the one who is sick