The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age six months and older receive a flu vaccine each year! You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begins spreading in your community, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu.
Influenza and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses caused by viruses that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The signs and symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are very similar. Seasonal flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms of COVID-19 include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Flu vaccinations are now available at the clinics in Madelia, Truman and Lake Crystal, with no appointment necessary. You may want to call for an appointment to avoid waiting though. Flu shots can also be given during a regular clinic visit.