Oh Boy, COVID’s Still Here & Flu Season’s Coming … What’s the Plan AVH?

Beginning October 4, 2021, get your flu shot at Alexander Valley Healthcare! Call (707) 894-4229 to schedule an appointment now.

Together we’re facing an unprecedented winter ahead of coping with both the upcoming flu season and the ongoing presence of COVID-19. Alexander Valley Healthcare (AVH) is here to help you protect yourselves and your family for a healthy and happy season. Please schedule your appointment with us at (707) 894-4229. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services encourages you to have both the Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. They can be given at the same time.

Simple Action Plan

  1. Get vaccinated. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and wash your hands. Wear a mask indoors and outdoors in crowded spaces.
  3. Don’t share personal items like toothbrushes, beverage bottles or cups.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. Protect others. If you are sick with flu-like illness, see your provider for flu and/or COVID testing. Even if you test negative for COVID, it is recommended you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

By protecting yourself, you are also protecting those you love.

What’s New with the Flu for 2021-2022?

  • The strain changes constantly so the composition of flu vaccines has been updated.
  • All flu vaccines will be quadrivalent (four component), meaning designed to protect against four different flu viruses. Quadrivalent is now approved for people 2 years and older.
  • Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.
  • Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine: All flu vaccines in the United States for the 2021-2022 season are quadrivalent vaccines. Different vaccines are approved for different age groups. There is one that can be given to children as young as 6 months old. Flucelvax Quadrivalent is now approved for people 2 years and older. For more on quadrivalent vaccines go to https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/quadrivalent.htm.

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