Story by: Norton Healthcare on August 24, 2020
This year’s flu season is shaping up to be a particularly dangerous time to get the illness as the coronavirus is expected to continue circulating in the fall and winter months. Health care providers advise making it a point to get your flu shot this year and do it as early as you can.
Disruptions in work routines mean that workplace-sponsored immunization won’t be available for many this year. And do you usually think of it while running errands in the fall? We don’t do that as much anymore, so make a special trip if you need to.
Louisville-area providers will have the flu vaccine available at primary care offices, urgent care centers, retail clinics and more.
Louisville-area health care providers will offer flu shots across the community. Flu shots are available from Norton Healthcare providers as well. Find out where and how to get vaccinated.
Get a Flu Shot
“We don’t know how people who get the flu and COVID-19 will react, but the possibility of a two-punch combination is something to be aware of. Taking steps such as getting a flu shot and maintaining coronavirus prevention steps such as wearing masks will make a difference for many people,” said Monalisa M. Tailor, M.D., a primary care physician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Barret.
Being careful with masks, social distancing, hand-washing and other steps will be a key defense since the flu shot doesn’t protect against the flu in every case. The influenza virus often mutates after the season’s flu vaccine is manufactured.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that last season’s flu vaccine was 40% effective at preventing a trip to a health care provider or hospital for flu treatment. The CDC estimated that as many as 62,000 people died from the flu last season. More than 160,000 in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.[templatera id=”185016″]
Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.