2021-2022 INFLUENZA (FLU) SEASON
We are pleased to announce the launch of our annual flu vaccination program. Our flu vaccine clinic schedule is published, and patients can begin booking appointments by logging into their MyHealth Online account or calling their primary care provider's office.
Flu vaccine appointments will be offered each weekday starting the week of September 21st and will continue well into the fall and winter. Patients can view hours for in-practice flu appointments by location. We will be utilizing our pharmacies in our vaccination efforts this year for added support. As always, beginning September 1st any adult or pediatric patient who comes in for a pre-scheduled visit for needed medical care will be offered a flu vaccine as well.
All flu immunizations will require an advance appointment made through MyHealth Online or by phone during the weekdays at 14 flu vaccine clinic locations, and in addition there will be five of the 14 flu vaccine clinic locations that will offer Saturday walk-in flu vaccine clinics once monthly during the months of October, November and December. All patients will be required to wear a mask or face covering during the appointment and will be screened for symptoms, recent COVID-19 exposure, and diagnosis in accordance with our screening protocol. We are committed to vaccinating as many patients as possible on a by-appointment or walk-in basis throughout the fall and into winter. We will be running simultaneous flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the 14 locations this fall, and therefore we are expecting that our flu vaccine clinic capacity may be lower when compared to prior years. As a result, we are expecting our appointments to fill quickly and encourage Atrius Health patients to learn about any local health department clinics or nearby retail pharmacy locations offering flu vaccination if offered at times most convenient for you.
Please look out for more information in the next few weeks on our website and social media sites, and in our late September patient e-newsletter.
Who Should Get A Flu Vaccination This Year?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccination against influenza for all individuals over the age of 6 months. This year, annual vaccination is especially important for those 50 years and older, people with chronic conditions that could put them at risk for severe complications from the flu, as well as their household contacts.