Even with COVID-19 running rampant throughout the country, we now had the seasonal influenza which the CDC says will most likely be elevated due to coronavirus. There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match current circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses depending on the vaccine that research suggests will be most common.

This flu season the CDC says getting the flu shot is imperative for all ages with high dose injections for those over 65, regardless of location.

United Supermarkets are offering three different options that are potentially free with your insurance. In the email I requested from the company here is what they are offering:

Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine

Flu season is unpredictable and it is impossible to know which strain will make you sick. Quadrivalent flu vaccine offers broad spectrum protection for 4 types of flu virus and is able to administered from age 6 months and up.

Prescriptions are required in some cases so it is always a good idea to check with your pharmacy for prescription requirements in your area.

Fluzone High-Dose

As you age, your immune system weakens. Fluzone HD is specially formulated to offer better protection for those who are 65 and up and is covered by Medicare.

Flublok

Are you allergic to eggs or preservatives or want high dose protection? New technology now makes it possible for you to have protection from the flu. Flublok is indicated for people 18 years and older.

With COVID-19 we have changed our social activity drastically; however the CDC warns symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two. The CDC advises all people be vaccinated this season.