Flu Shots

Should I get a flu shot this year (2020-2021)?

At Total Access Urgent Care (TAUC ®) we want you to be fully protected this flu season. Flu symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue can range from mild to severe and often lead to medical complications such as pneumonia and dehydration. The influenza vaccination (flu shot) is the best method of protection from the flu. TAUC carries the Flulaval vaccine, a quadrivalent, preservative-free immunization which provides maximal coverage and is approved for all patients 6 months of age and older.

When is the best time to get vaccinated?

Now. Flu season begins as early as October, with the highest number of cases typically peaking in January and February. For maximal protection, the CDC recommends vaccinating before the influenza virus begins to spread. Since it can take up to 2 weeks after getting your flu shot to develop protection, it is encouraged to get the vaccine as early in the season as possible.

Will getting the flu shot increase/decrease the risk of getting COVID-19?

Influenza and COVID-19 are separate viruses. Being immunized for one does not make you more or less susceptible to the other. Especially this year, getting a flu vaccine is an important step to reducing the risk of contracting both infections simultaneously, keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy, and avoiding becoming a vector for another widespread viral illness.

Will the flu shot make me sick?

No. The Flulaval vaccine is made with an inactivated virus and is not infectious. This means that getting the flu shot cannot infect the recipient. Most people find that their arm is mildly sore for a short time after the vaccination, but experience no other ill effects.

Which strains does the 2020 flu vaccine help to protect against?

This flu season’s quadrivalent influenza vaccine covers the following viral strains:

  • Flu A (H1N1)

  • Flu A (H3N2)

  • Flu B Yamagata Lineage

  • Flu B Victoria Lineage

Is the flu vaccine safe?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) performs research and testing to develop a safe and effective influenza immunization against the most widespread and dangerous strains. TAUC’s medical providers are prepared to discuss any concerns about vaccination safety and allergies.

  • Pregnancy: Flulaval is preservative-free and safe for pregnant patients. These vaccines do not contain Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative. The flu vaccine will help protect both the mother and unborn child against the influenza virus during pregnancy.
  • Children over 5 months: The CDC guidelines recommend that children 6 months through 8 years old should receive a second (identical) immunization 28 days after the first immunization for the patient’s first two flu vaccination seasons.
  • Patients with allergies: The Flulaval vaccine is preservative and latex free. The Flulaval vaccine is egg-based and safe for patients who do not have a history of severe allergic reactions to egg, egg-based proteins, or previous life-threatening reactions to an influenza vaccine.

How much does it cost?

Most insurance plans completely cover the cost of the flu vaccine, and we do not collect a copay at registration. Simply walk-in anytime from 8 AM to 8 PM at any location.

Do I need an appointment?

No. The quadrivalent influenza vaccine is conveniently available at all TAUC locations, seven days per week.