September 24, 2020
CareNow offers $20 flu shots
Irving, TX – As flu season approaches amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, CareNow® experts are urging North Texans to protect themselves by getting a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends September or October for vaccination.
“The best way to avoid getting the flu is to get the vaccine every year,” says Shawn Riley, MD, regional medical director at CareNow. “The sooner you can receive a flu shot, the better. It’s the best prevention method.”
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness characterized by symptoms such as fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. The elderly and people with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of complications from influenza. This year, experts are concerned that COVID-19 and the flu season will overlap, increasing severe illness and hospitalizations. It is also possible to be infected with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.
“It’s really important to get ahead of this before the flu season starts,” says CareNow Regional Medical Director Shawn Riley, MD. “Having both illnesses together could mean you have more severe symptoms.”
In addition to the flu vaccine, CareNow® experts also urge the public to follow the 3 Ws to protect themselves, their families and the community from respiratory viruses:
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often
- Watch your distance, stay at least six feet away from others
The CDC says this season’s flu vaccines are updated to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States.
CareNow® is offering $20 flu shots for people of all ages. Learn more about safety precautions at all locations.
Since 1993, CareNow has been committed to providing high-quality family care, urgent care and occupational medicine services in the North Texas area. CareNow has over 40 North Texas locations providing convenient, quality and cost-effective urgent care and is accredited by AAAHC and UCA. CareNow is affiliated with Medical City Healthcare. Medical City Healthcare has 47 urgent care centers in North Texas.
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