Getting the flu vaccine is more important than ever this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone six months or older should get a flu shot.
Flu vaccinations are included, at no additional cost, with checkup exams at Vecino Health Centers.
If you’ve had a checkup at Vecino since July 8, 2020, call to schedule your flu shot; there will be no additional charge. For others, flu shots are covered by insurance or provided at discounted rates.
The flu vaccination can reduce your risk of getting the flu and help save medical resources needed to care for people with COVID-19.
Three simple things we can all do to help prevent the flu
- Get yourself and your family vaccinated! Doctors recommend that anyone six months and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. This includes pregnant women.
- Mask up. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when out in public.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and make sure your children do, too.
Is the flu vaccine safe? Yes!
The flu vaccine is very safe for most people older than 6 months of age. It is also very effective and can reduce your risk of getting sick with the influenza virus by 40 to 60%.
A common worry about the flu vaccine is that it can give you the flu. That is not true!
Flu shots are made from “dead” or inactivated forms of the influenza virus that cannot make you sick. People who get the flu shot rarely have complications related to the vaccine.
What to do if you think you or someone in your family has the flu
If think you or your children have the flu, make an appointment to see a doctor at the clinic or online through telehealth. This is especially important for pregnant women, young children, and people over 65. New patients are always welcome at Vecino Health Centers.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
And finally, if your doctor says you have the flu, take your medication and stay home! People are usually contagious for 24 hours after a fever is gone.
Schedule an appointment today at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic. Call: (713) 695-4013
We accept Medicaid, CHIP, and other insurance. Assistance is available for uninsured patients.
Unemployed or uninsured?
Don’t worry. Vecino Health Centers offers financial assistance so everyone in your family can get the checkups and other care they need. You may even qualify for other benefits, we’ll help you understand your options.
Just ask about our Get Care program