A different flu season calls for a different shot.
Flu season runs from September through May each year, and this year, Carilion Clinic's Infectious Diseases experts recommend getting your flu shot early.
Flu shots are approved and recommended for people 6 months and older. Carilion Clinic also offers the high-dose Fluzone option for people 65 years and older and the egg-free Flublok option for people with confirmed egg allergies.
"Immunizations are a foundation of modern public health and prevention and are an essential component of primary care," said John Epling, M.D., a Family Medicine physician and medical director of Carilion Clinic Employee Health and Wellness.
If you have any questions about the flu vaccine, the coronavirus vaccines or other immunizations, your primary care provider is your best source for answers. "Because of our close, long-term relationships with our patients, we can be the best advocates for the value of vaccinations," said Dr. Epling.
The good news is that you don't have to wait to schedule your flu vaccine and your COVID-19 vaccine: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has clarified that you can get them at the same time!
"You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations," says the CDC. "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."
Even better news: Carilion Clinic's Community Health and Outreach team is planning free flu shot clinics in our region. Visit CarilionClinic.org/flu or follow us on Facebook for events as they’re added. You can also get your flu shot by visiting your local Carilion Clinic pharmacy, any VelocityCare location or your primary care provider.