The 2021 flu season is here and North Carolina has now had its first flu death. Flu can spread be detected all year long, but it is more common and wide-spreading in the winter months, typically beginning in October and peaking between December and February. Every year the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), reviews and makes a recommendation on which flu viruses that are circulating, will be included in the US vaccine. This year, there have been two updates to the vaccine, in the H1N1 and H3N2 virus components but the vaccine is still composed of four virus line components or parts. The 2021 flu vaccine is expected to provide good protection for the majority of flu viruses that are most likely to circulate in the United States during this flu season.
You can get the Covid-19 and Flu vaccine at the same time, in different arms. You should also know that it is possible to be infected with both the flu virus and COVID-19 virus at the same time. If you have symptoms that may be either Flu or Covid-19, Med First has combination tests at our locations that can be used to test for BOTH viruses, at the same time.
This flu season, do all you can to protect yourself and your loved ones from severe infection or possible hospitalization by getting your flu vaccine. Make an appointment or walk into any of our locations for your flu vaccine or for both Flu and Covid-19 vaccines, or for testing. Whatever you may need, Med First has you covered!