The flu shot is here – and it’s life-saving in the time of COVID-19
Each year, The Center for Advanced Pediatrics urges you to get your whole family vaccinated against the flu – everyone from 6 months of age on up. This year, COVID-19 makes getting the flu shot absolutely life-saving.
Research has confirmed that people can be infected with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, complicating diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Contracting the flu will weaken your child’s immune system, making it more likely they will contract COVID-19 if exposed. The rapid decline in health caused by the flu along with a hesitancy to get medical care at this time means children and adults will likely be seriously ill before seeking treatment. Children will be sicker, recovery will be more difficult and the risk of long-term complications will be much higher.
Influenza, or flu, and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses but both are respiratory illnesses and their symptoms can be similar. Flu symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Possible fever
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea, usually in children
If your child has asthma or a heart condition, getting the flu can mean hospitalization and life-long health complications. Last year, over 55,000 people were hospitalized for the flu and over 165 children died of flu complications. Otherwise healthy children can develop serious, life-threatening complications, including:
- Inflammation of the heart
- Inflammation of muscles
- Lung failure
- Kidney failure
Healthy children and adults vaccinated should be vaccinated as they can easily spread the virus to at-risk family members, friends and in public spaces. Getting your healthy child vaccinated against the flu builds herd immunity in our communities.
The flu is beginning its season shortly and will not end until mid to late May. Getting vaccinated now protects your family for months. Last year’s flu shot is no longer protecting your child. A new vaccination, formulated to battle this year’s viruses, is necessary.
The CDC is urging everyone who is medically able, including all children over 6 months of age, to be vaccinated against the flu no later than October 31st.
Get the flu shot during one of our quick, easy and convenient Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics – you don’t even need to get out of your vehicle! All clinics will be held at our Darien location at
85 Old Kings Hwy, North
Darien, CT 06820
All clinics open at 9 am and close at 2 pm. Please make an appointment for each person by clicking here. If you are an adult and would like to get a flu shot at one of our Drive-Thru Clinics, we are happy to help.
Please choose from these dates:
Saturday, September 12
Sunday, September 13
Saturday, September 19
Sunday, September 20
Saturday, September 26
Sunday, September 27
Saturday, October 3
Sunday, October 4
Saturday, October 10
Sunday, October 11
Saturday, October 17
Sunday, October 18
Saturday, October 24
Sunday, October 25
Please click here to learn more about our Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinics.
Still have questions about the flu shot or COVID-19? Call 203-229-2000. We are happy to help!