Flu season has almost reached its peak, but it’s not close to being over yet. If you haven’t already gotten your flu vaccine, it’s not too late. It can take up two weeks before the vaccine can begin to protect you, so it’s best to get it as early in the season as possible. The flu vaccine can decrease the severity of the flu and the likelihood of infection.
Who should get a flu vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone over the age of six months gets a flu vaccine, unless he/she is allergic to an ingredient. To verify the CDC guidelines for who should and shouldn’t receive a flu vaccine, please visit the CDC. If you want to know more about the benefits of getting a flu vaccine, talk to your primary care physician (PCP).
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Where can I get a flu vaccine?
If you have a Sharity Ministries plan, don’t worry! Flu shots are preventive care services offered under the SharityCare, InterimCare and PrimaCare plans at your PCP or urgent care facility. To find an eligible in-network provider, click the “Provider Network” icon above that correlates with your Sharity Ministries plan.
I have the flu. What should I do?
If you are experiencing flu symptoms, drink lots of fluids, curl up in bed, and contact your telemedicine provider. Telemedicine is an easy-to-use patient experience that can save time and money. With board-certified doctors on demand 24/7, many sicknesses can be securely treated over the phone. When the flu is treated within the first 48 hours, it can significantly shorten the duration of the illness. Flu treatment will vary from patient-to-patient and a teledoc may recommend that you follow up with your PCP or urgent care doctor for more intensive treatment. An experienced teledoc will be able to differentiate between the flu and a common cold.
If you are unsure of where to start treatment for the flu, or if you even have the flu, contacting your telemedicine provider should be your first step.