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Posted on September 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm by Clay Curtin
COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind – but don’t forget that flu season is almost here, too. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get a flu shot every year. Battling the flu stresses your immune system and can make it tougher to fight multiple infections at the same time.
If you get sick in the coming months, how will you know if it is the flu or COVID-19? They have similar symptoms including fever, chills, congestion, cough, muscle aches, nausea, headache and fatigue. Although there is symptom overlap, other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell. COVID-19 testing remains a priority.
It is important to get a new flu vaccine each year. The flu vaccine offers protection for many months, but not forever. Also, the strains of influenza circulating in the community change over time and the annual vaccine is updated to offer protection against the anticipated strains for that year. Flu vaccination can prevent illness, medical visits, hospitalizations and deaths. Like any vaccine, getting a flu shot may not completely prevent the disease, but it can lessen its effects and minimize your chances of getting seriously ill and being hospitalized.
Get your family's flu shots by contacting your primary medical provider or visiting a local clinic. On September 18, Menlo Park City School District is partnering with Safeway Pharmacy to offer a flu clinic for all ages at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave. Come by 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, September 18, for your shot. They will accept most insurance (not Kaiser Permanente) without any copay. Shots are $40 (regular) and $65 (senior) without insurance. Walk-up clinic, no appointment needed.