NEVADA, IOWA – With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread, it is understandable if you’re not thinking about getting your flu shot. But there may not be a better time to get it done than now.
Story Medical Clinics have received a supply of flu vaccine and you are encouraged – especially if you fall into a high-risk category – to schedule an appointment to get your shot as soon as possible.
“This is a year unlike any in recent memory with the world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as we are simultaneously moving into the traditional flu season,” says Dr. Audra Poterucha, Story Medical Clinic – Nevada. “We are urging all of our patients, especially those at high risk, to get the flu shot this year. The more we can mitigate the flu, the better we can deal with the pandemic.”
Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but significant activity can occur earlier than that.
For millions of people every season, the flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. However, flu also causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths.
The flu vaccine has a lock track record of success in preventing the flu. While how well the vaccine works varies from year to year, the benefits from vaccination are well documented. Studies show that flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, office visits, missed work and school, and flu-related hospitalizations. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. Those falling in high-risk categories include young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and people with certain medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
“Those who care for anyone at high risk, including babies younger than six months, should also make it a priority to get the vaccine,” Dr. Poterucha says. “Getting the flu vaccine is simple, and it’s the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from the flu.”
The vaccine is currently available at Story Medical Clinics in Nevada and Maxwell. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday in Nevada and Monday through Friday in Maxwell. In addition, a walk-in clinic is available during October in Nevada from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is required for the walk-in clinics. For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Nevada Clinic at (515) 382-5413 or the Maxwell Clinic at (515) 387-8815.
About Story Medical
For 60 years, Story County Medical Center, Story Medical Clinics and Story Medical Senior Care have been the trusted providers of high-quality, local healthcare services for the residents of Story County. Their modern South Campus creates a healing environment that matches the personalized care and clinical expertise of its medical staff. Visit www.StoryMedical.org for more information.