You’ve probably been hearing that it is time to get your flu shots, and some may have wondered if it is really necessary during this time of COVID-19. It is particularly crucial this year since both the flu and COVID-19 are contagious respiratory illnesses. There are similarities and differences. Typically, the flu develops one to four days after exposure, while COVID-19 develops between two to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms of upper respiratory illness such as cough, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches or headache may be present in both. Both may cause mild to severe illness.
Prevent the flu by getting the flu vaccine. It will be available at Wilshire on Saturday Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in the north parking lot. You can drive through or park and walk up. Masks and social distancing are required.
Flu shots are free for those with Medicare or most Medicare replacement plans. The cost for others without insurance is $69 for the senior shot and $29 for the Quadrivalent Flu shot (ages 9 and up).
Payment by check, cash or credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover) must be made in person on Sept. 19. A portion of each fee will be returned to Wilshire for ministry activities. If you have questions, contact Linda at 214-926-1125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.