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Protect Yourself From the Flu

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Because COVID-19 and the flu virus will likely both be spreading during fall and winter months, it’s more important now than ever to get a flu shot. A flu vaccine will not prevent COVID-19. But it will reduce your symptoms of flu, if you do get it.

No walk-in flu shots offered this year

To assure social distancing at all our facilities, we are NOT offering walk-in flu shots at our medical centers this year.

Here are ways for you to get your flu shot now:

  • Contact your primary care physician’s office to schedule an appointment for an adult or pediatric flu shot.
  • During an appointment with your primary care doctor.
  • Flu shots are available at many community centers, senior centers and retail pharmacies.

COVID-19 complicates flu season

We strongly urge that all persons over the age of 6 months get a flu shot to help protect from getting sick with the flu, especially since the COVID-19 virus is still circulating. Some people, such as the elderly, young children, and people with chronic health conditions like lung or heart disease, or diabetes are at high risk of serious flu complications. It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after the flu shot.

If you think you have the flu

Most people with the flu do not need medical care, and should stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others. If you get sick with flu symptoms you should:

  • Stay home and rest
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people in your home
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids to prevent dehydration
  • Call your primary care doctor if you are very sick
  • If you are not sure if your symptoms are flu or COVID-19 call your primary care doctor or complete our assessment tool for next steps

The flu is a virus, so antibiotics will not effectively treat flu symptoms. The best way to prevent spreading the flu is to stay home if you are sick.

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Please call 911 if you have an emergency or urgent medical question.

If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, for your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call your primary care provider. For symptoms of COVID-19, please visit our website www.henryford.com/coronavirus.

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