Why You Really Need to Get Your Flu Shot During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Although the flu shot will not directly prevent illness from COVID-19, it will reduce the potential for hospitalization/illness due to influenza and reduce the chance of contracting both viruses.

Updated on Friday, October 9, 2020

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Blog

Why is it especially important to get a flu shot this year?

COVID-19, influenza, and other viruses will be circulating and spreading over the coming months. Although the flu shot will not directly prevent illness from the coronavirus, it will reduce the potential for hospitalization/illness due to influenza and reduce the chance of contracting both viruses.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Flu shots are available to Atlanta Allergy & Asthma patients at all 17 locations.

Although the influenza vaccine is recommended for most children and adults, it is especially important that our patients with asthma and chronic sinusitis receive their yearly flu shot. Patients between the ages of 6 months and 65 years should visit their Atlanta Allergy & Asthma office to receive the 2020/2021 influenza vaccine.

No appointment is necessary, however, you should be a current patient. Protection from the vaccine begins about two weeks after the injection and is thought to last for the influenza season.

Protect your community

Getting the flu vaccine will not only protect you and your family, but also the community. Our healthcare systems may become overwhelmed treating patients with flu, COVID-19, and other viruses this year. By getting the flu vaccine, we can hope to decrease the utilization of our healthcare system preserving resources to deal with the continuing pandemic.

Stay Healthy!

If you have not been seen recently, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with your Atlanta Allergy provider. The better your baseline health going into this season, the better you will be able to fight any infections that come your way. Schedule an in-office or telehealth visit.

*Please note that some insurance plans may not cover the influenza vaccine if received in our office. You may prefer to visit your primary care practice for this year’s flu vaccine. Please check coverage of your specific insurance plan. If your insurance does not cover, and you receive the vaccine from AA&A, you will be required to pay the out-of-pocket expense.