01 Oct Flu vaccines and your team: Recommendations and resources for a healthy 2020-21 season
With the arrival of fall comes what has traditionally been considered flu (and cold) season. While it is difficult to predict what things will look like this year, there are some considerations that can be made given the addition of COVID-19. Although wearing face coverings for COVID-19 prevention may result in decreased flu infection and cases this season, the first cases of Influenza in Oregon have already been documented.
Now more than ever, it is important for anyone with symptoms of viral illnesses to stay home from work and keep a distance from others, and to get tested for COVID-19 when indicated. With veterinary teams already stretched thin navigating the increased demand for veterinary care and continued use of curbside care, it is strongly encouraged for you and your team to get the flu vaccine. The hope would be to keep you and your team members as healthy as possible through the coming months.
Some practices and organizations have reduced obstacles by bringing in services that offer vaccines to their team onsite, and there are a number of pharmacies where vaccines can be received at no cost. Please find a list of resources below.
CDC Flu Vaccine Season 2020-21 FAQs: www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.html
No (with insurance) or low cost options:
Flu vaccine finder: https://vaccinefinder.org
Zoom Care: www.zoomcare.com/visit/flu-shots-when-where-how-much
Walgreens Pharmacy: www.walgreens.com/topic/pharmacy/seasonal-flu.jsp
Fred Meyer Pharmacy: www.fredmeyer.com/d/flu
Walmart Pharmacy: www.walmart.com/cp/1228302
CVS Pharmacy: www.cvs.com/immunizations/flu
For onsite workplace administering for your team:
Passport Health- www.passporthealthusa.com/employer-solutions/online-scheduler
CVS Onsite Shot Clinics- www.cvs.com/immunizations/flu/clinics
Contact your practice’s health plan provider as many have services to send out a professional to administer flu vaccines at a workplace.