This looks to be an especially bad year to get the flu: Get a flu shot | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

This looks to be an especially bad year to get the flu: Get a flu shot

Louisville-area providers will have the flu vaccine available at primary care offices, urgent care centers, retail clinics and more.

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.

Protect Yourself and Those Close to You

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.

Signs and Symptoms COVID-19 Cold Influenza Allergies
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual Abrupt Abrupt
Fever Common Rare Usually; lasts 3 to 4 days No
Aches Sometimes Slight Usually; often severe No
Chills Common Uncommon Fairly common No
Fatigue, weakness Sometimes Sometimes Usually Sometimes
Sneezing Rare Common Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Rare Common Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common Common No
Chest discomfort, cough Common Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common; can be severe Sometimes
Headache Sometimes Rare Common Sometimes
Extreme exhaustion Sometimes Never Common No
Shortness of breath When serious Rare Rare Sometimes
Runny nose Rare Common Sometimes Common
Diarrhea Sometimes No Sometimes No
New loss of taste or smell Common No No No

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