PWHD COVID-19 Response Information Update

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The Prince William Health District What You Should Know:

Flu Vaccine, 2021-2022 Flu Season


Local pharmacies and healthcare providers are already advertising “flu” (influenza) shots. So, what should you know right now?


  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all people six months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year.  
  • Those younger than six months old and those with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccines or any ingredient in the vaccines are the only people who should not take the flu shot. 
  • For more on "who should or should not" get a flu vaccine, click here:
    Why you should get a flu vaccine


Getting a flu shot this year is crucial for several reasons:


  • Without being protected, you can have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
  • You can protect yourself and others from flu-related illness, hospitalization, and possible death by getting a flu shot.
  • CDC estimates annually since 2010, there are between 9 million – 45 million flu-related illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.  Click here for more on the numbers:


When to Get a Flu Shot


  • You should get vaccinated before flu viruses begin spreading in your area.  Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies to protect against the flu.


  • VDH and the CDC recommend getting vaccinated against the flu by the end of October.
  • You can get your flu shot at the same time you get your other vaccines, such as a COVID-19 vaccine, a third COVID-19 vaccine (if eligible), or other routine vaccines


Where to Get a Flu Vaccine


  • You can get flu vaccinations at local pharmacies, healthcare providers, and urgent care clinics.  The PWHD will offer flu vaccines once they arrive.



CDC Flu Information:

CDC's weekly FluView:  

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