As we continue to move through the COVID pandemic, it is very important that you stay up to date on your vaccines. Flu season is just around the corner, and we are seeing increased cases of COVID.
What’s the solution? Schedule your new, bivalent Covid booster now, and get a flu shot at the same time. Two vaccines—one visit!
Who is eligible for the new, bivalent COVID booster? Anyone over 12 years of age, at least 2 months after any COVID vaccine, and at least 3 months since having COVID.
What is bivalent? Bivalent boosters combine the original COVID-19 vaccine with a reformulation targeting the BA.4 and BA.5 versions of the omicron variant.
You can make your appointment for COVID or flu vaccines using our online scheduler located here:
One of the reasons doctors are going above and beyond normal to encourage people to get a flu shot, in the middle of this coronavirus pandemic, is to avoid a “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19. A severe flu season could completely overwhelm hospitals that are already busy with coronavirus cases, compromising care and endangering the lives of both healthcare workers and the patients they are trying to treat. And 2 severe respiratory viruses could seriously overwhelm any person, healthy or high-risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the yearly flu shot for everyone six months of age and older. Vaccination is particularly important for those who are high risk, which includes adults who are 65 and over. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. But one of the most important benefits of getting the vaccine, aside from keeping yourself healthy, is ensuring you don’t get other people sick, especially those who are high-risk.
Harmons is now scheduling appointments for flu and COVID vaccines. Vaccinations are available for children five years of age and up, and all adults, including high-risk individuals. The flu shot is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. There is no charge for the COVID vaccines.
If you would like more information on flu or COVID vaccines, you can contact the pharmacy of your local store.