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Help Prevent a 'Twindemic' by Getting a Flu Shot

October 2, 2020   |   By Jacqui Monahan

As flu season swiftly approaches and we remain in the middle of a global pandemic, it is doubly important to protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot. According to public health officials, a ‘twindemic’ could be in our future if people don’t get their flu shots.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that flu vaccinations not only prevent people from catching influenza, but they also lower rates of hospitalizations by reducing symptoms.

That’s of high importance this year. If health care providers must expend resources on treating the flu, there will be less personal protective equipment, drugs and ventilators to go around for COVID-19. Bad, concurrent outbreaks of flu and coronavirus could overcrowd and overwhelm health systems.

Like influenza, COVID-19 causes respiratory symptoms, sometimes severe. Bring the two of them together, and what might be a manageable single illness could compound into something deadly.

There are a few flu vaccines available this year. Your GreenField Health provider can help you choose the one that is right for you. GreenField offers flus shots for both members and non-members. The vaccine is free for members. The non-member price is $50 for a regular dose and $100 for a high dose.

Call to schedule an appointment anytime. We also will have on-site flu clinics. We’ll post the dates and locations on our website.

Aim to get vaccinated in September or October for best results during flu season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.

The CDC tracks the vaccine supply and any shortages on its website. Visit bit.ly/CDCsupply.

If you’re not able to get your flu shot at GreenField Health, visit vaccinefinder.org to find a convenient site near you. Many companies set up a flu shot clinic. Check with your employer about what your options are. GreenField business partners can call (503) 292-9560 for information about how to set up a vaccination clinic.

If you have any more questions about flu vaccines or any other form of immunization don’t hesitate to reach out. The GreenField Health team is always here to answer your questions. We’re open, we’re not going anywhere, and we’re more available now than ever before.

 

Tips for kids and immunizations

  • Children should start getting yearly flu vaccines at 6 months old.
  • Be honest and tell your children why they need to get their shots.
  • Talk to them and come up with a collaborative way to keep them calm; let them give input.
  • Bring comfort items for distraction.
  • Use vibration or a cold compress prior to injection and the child will be less likely to feel the pinch.
  • Encourage your child to use coping strategies such as deep breathing, visualization or music.
  • For infants, try swaddling them, speaking or singing to them quietly, and letting them suck on a pacifier or even nurse while getting inoculated.