Wellness Wednesday: Quick and easy flu shots

Last week we talked about the importance of taking a flu shot this year. Our Wellness Wednesday message for today is “Don’t waste fall by being sick. get a flu shot! It’s super quick.”

Remember it takes around two weeks for the body to build immunity in order to provide protection, so plan it now.

Here are your quick and easy options to get a flu shot this year:

  • For Newberg campus students
    • Contact the Health and Counseling Center for more information at hcc@georgefox.edu or 503-554 2340. You can also visit their website here.
  • Find your closest locations online
    • Confirm the type of vaccine you need and put your ZIP code in, and you will get an instant list of all options in your area.
    • If you live in Newberg
  • For Kaiser flu shots
    • Kaiser drive-through and walk-up flu shot clinics are available from Oct. 3 to Oct. 31, with no appointment necessary.
    • Search by your city or ZIP code here.

Below are some important items to remember before you get a flu shot:

  • Does the flu shot protect against COVID-19?
    • No. The flu shot doesn’t protect against COVID-19. However, the flu vaccine can help reduce your risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
    • If fewer people get the flu, care teams can focus their time and resources on providing COVID-19 patients with the care they need. During 2018-19 flu vaccination prevented an estimated 58,000 flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Should a flu vaccine be given to someone with suspected of confirmed COVID-19?
    • No. If you tested positive for COVID-19, or believe you might have it, it’s best to wait before getting a flu shot. This will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to anyone in the flu shot location, including other patients and healthcare teams.

Be well! Questions? Contact Aga Luptak (aluptak@georgefox.edu).

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