Get Your Flu Shot Today
Now is the time to protect yourself and your family from the flu. We have started to see positive flu cases in our community. With COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community, MMC strongly recommends a flu vaccine for all adults and children 6 months and older. See the locations below where MMC will have flu shots available.
MMC Now Family Walk-In ClinicsWalk-In Anytime | Adults and Children 18 Months and Older
MMC Now will offer flu shots at all of our convenient locations. Walk-in flu shots do not require a provider visit and will be given in a timely manner.
*High dose flu shots available
Flu and COVID-19 FAQ’s
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit?
Yes. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, after getting vaccinated and possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.
What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.
Can I have flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes. It is possible have flu (as well as other respiratory illnesses) and COVID-19 at the same time.
Will a flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?
Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.
Why is it important for influenza (flu) vaccines to be given during the COVID-19 pandemic?
For the upcoming flu season, flu vaccination will be very important to reduce flu because it can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the population and thus lessen the resulting burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A flu vaccine may also provide several individual health benefits, including keeping you from getting sick with flu, reducing the severity of your illness if you do get flu and reducing your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.
Who should get their flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, with rare exceptions, because it is an effective way to decrease flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Should a flu vaccine be given to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
No. Vaccination should be postponed for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms, until they have met the criteria to discontinue their isolation. While mild illness is not a contraindication to flu vaccination, vaccination visits for these people should be postponed to avoid exposing healthcare personnel and other patients to the virus that causes COVID-19. When scheduling or confirming appointments for vaccination, patients should notify the provider’s office or clinic in advance if they currently have or develop any symptoms of COVID-19.
Additionally, a prior infection with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or flu does not protect someone from future flu infections. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.
Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC). Visit www.cdc.gov/flu for more information.
Due to lower flu cases last year, many patients may not have leftover natural immunity. That may mean that the 2021-2022 flu season will be much more severe.
Watch this video with MMC physician, Zane Cooke M.D. to learn more about why getting your flu shot this year is so important!