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:
There are different types of the vaccine, allowing for safe administration to everyone, including small children, pregnant women and older adults.
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.
Side effects of the flu vaccine are generally mild, don’t last long and go away on
Common side effects include:
SORENESS FROM THE SHOT | HEADACHE | FEVER | NAUSEA | MUSCLE ACHES
Symptoms of the flu usually come on suddenly, and can include:
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
3601 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79430
- Amarillo Pharmaceutical Care Center
1400 Coulter Rd. Ste. 1100
Amarillo, TX 79106
According to the CDC, everyone six months of age or older should get the flu shot each season.
A flu shot cannot cause the flu. There are mild side effects of the flu shot, which generally go away in under two days. This common myth has been around for generations.
No - a common cold is caused by a different virus than the influenza virus. The symptoms of the flu are generally more severe than that of the common cold, and the flu can lead to more serious medical complications.
No - antibiotics are effective in treating bacterial illnesses, not viruses.
Many retail pharmacies and clinics offer 100% coverage for most insurance plans. For the most accurate information, check your plan details or call your insurance provider.
If you are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your medical provider right away. There are virtual care options and other ways to get diagnosed. If you feel sick, avoid contact with others when possible until you learn more from your doctor.
Sepsis is when an individual’s body overreacts to infection (such as the flu) and it can’t be stopped without medical treatment.
Confusion or disorientation
Fever (or feeling very cold)
Clammy or sweaty skin
Shortness of breath
High heart rate
(If you or a loved one experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately)
In general, any individual with an infection is at risk for sepsis. Risk increases if you have diabetes, use tobacco products, are currently receiving cancer treatment or are taking drugs that weaken your immune system.
For prevention of sepsis, talk to your medical provider about ways to avoid infection, such as getting a flu shot.
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.
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