Beginning now through November, flu shots will be available at St. Luke’s
primary care clinics during regular clinic hours. To make it convenient
to receive the vaccination, anyone may call to schedule an appointment
during clinic hours or receive the flu shot during a previously-scheduled
Receiving a flu shot is something that should not be overlooked. During
flu season, the influenza virus is circulating at a higher rate than normal,
and receiving the flu vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of
contracting the flu virus and spreading it. Dr. Andrew Thompson of St.
Luke’s Infectious Disease Associates said, “Receiving the
flu vaccination is not just about protecting you; it is also protecting
loved ones around you and at-risk populations such as babies, pregnant
women and the elderly.”
Every year the flu is different and it affects people differently. The
Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone starting at the age
of 6 months receives a flu vaccination. Influenza causes hundreds of deaths
in the United States each year and tens of thousands of people are hospitalized.
“I highly encourage people to become vaccinated to help prevent
the flu from spreading in our community,” said Dr. Thompson.
Flu shots are covered by almost all insurance plans and Medicare.
BELOW: Dr. Andrew Thompson, St. Luke's Infectious Disease Associates