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Flu Shot Information

Every year, the influenza virus causes epidemics of flu in communities throughout the country. This year may be especially burdensome due to the COVID-19 pandemic happening at the same time. The flu is highly contagious and causes thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths each year, which is why getting your flu shot is crucial to keeping you, your family, and our communities healthy.

“Because the viruses that cause flu and COVID-19 might spread at the same time this fall and winter, getting a flu vaccine is particularly important as a way to reduce the amount of flu disease and symptoms that may be confused with COVID-19, and to reduce stress on the U.S. healthcare system,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in their recent flu vaccination recommendations. According to the CDC, getting a flushot reduces the risk of being admitted to the ICU with flu by 82%. Schedule your flu shot today by contacting your local Memorial Physician Clinic.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I get a flu shot?
Flu shots are available at Memorial Walk-In Clinics and Family Medicine Clinics. You can also call (228) 867-5000 for a provider directory or clinic options.

Who should get the flu shot?

The flu shot is safe and recommended for most people over 6 months old, including pregnant women. Those who should not get a flu shot include:

  • Children less than 6 months of age
  • People who have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients
  • Those with egg or mercury allergies
  • Those with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

If you have any concerns about getting the flu shot, please consult your physician.

When should I get a flu shot?

The CDC recommends getting the flu shot before flu season starts, or by the end of October. However, because flu season continues into January and February, if you can't get your flu shot by October, it is still highly recommended to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

Do I need to get a flu shot every year?

The flu vaccine is needed every year for two reasons:
  1. Your body’s immune system decreases in responsiveness to the flu over time. Getting a flu every year helps your immune system keep on top of the virus.
  2. The flu virus is constantly changing. This means that the viruses that were prevalent previous flu seasons are typically different from what may be going around this year. Because of this, the flu vaccine is updated yearly to better protect against the current strain of influenza.

If you have questions or concerns about getting a flu shot, give us a call at (228) 867-5000.