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About the Vaccine and COVID-19

Safe, effective and crucial during this pandemic--the flu vaccine is more easily accessible now than ever before. 

The vaccine prevents millions of illnesses every season and significantly reduces flu-related hospitalization. This season, flu vaccinations could prevent tens of thousands of deaths and keep hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients.

Amid unwarranted misinformation and doubt surrounding the flu vaccine, it helps to know the facts:


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The CDC advises that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated for the flu every season.

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There are different types of the vaccine, allowing for safe administration to everyone, including small children, pregnant women and older adults.

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The flu vaccine is carefully formulated to include particular strains that are prevalent each year.


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Influenza vaccinations are maximally effective every season and highly encouraged by medical professionals.

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Many convenient locations currently offer vaccinations and will ensure protection from COVID-19 with masks, distancing and other safety measures. 

High-Risk Groups That Should Get Vaccinated

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Many types of vaccinations are available, allowing for everyone to use this preventative tool. Those with health conditions that put them at risk of developing complications are especially encouraged to get vaccinated. Additionally, it is equally important for those who live with high-risk individuals to get the flu vaccine. 


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Side effects of the flu vaccine are generally mild, don’t last long and go away on their own.

Common side effects include:




Symptoms of the flu usually come on suddenly, and can include:

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Most people who get the flu will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but complications can arise, especially among those with chronic health conditions. 

If prescribed by your doctor, antiviral drugs can shorten your illness or prevent complications. They work best when started within two days of getting sick, so it is best to talk to your doctor as soon as symptoms arise. 

The safest, most effective way to prevent the spread of the flu is to get a flu vaccine. The wider the spread of vaccination coverage, the lighter the burden on our hospital systems. 

Everyday actions stop the spread of germs, and will decrease the risk of getting the flu. These actions are very similar to guidance surrounding the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Disinfect surfaces often

There are many locations currently offering vaccinations in an environment that is clean and safe from the spread of COVID-19.

How to use the Flu Vaccine Finder:

  • Select the type of flu vaccine you are looking for
  • Enter your location
  • Use the list of available providers to decide the right location for you
  • Check with a listed provider to confirm that information is accurate 

TTUHSC pharmacies offer flu vaccinations.

  • TTUHSC Lubbock Pharmacy
    Room 1B300
    3601 4th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79430
    T 806.743.3270
  • Amarillo Pharmaceutical Care Center
    1400 Coulter Rd. Ste. 1100
    Amarillo, TX 79106
    T 806.414.9390


The sooner you receive a vaccination, the safer you are from getting the flu or spreading it to those around you. The longer you wait, the more you put yourself and others at risk.



TTUHSC Media/News - Why the Flu Vaccine Is More Important This Season

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