Medical professionals talk importance of flu shot in 2021

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Medical professionals in the Bon Secours Saint Francis Hospital system in Greenville talked about the importance of receiving your vaccines now that the 2021 flu season has arrived.

Brandi Giles, NP, manager of vaccine clinics and COVID testing at the hospital said the flu shot needs a couple of weeks to build up your immunity against the flu.

The shot does not cause you to get the flu, but it can make sure your symptoms are must less severe if you do contract the virus at some point, said Giles.

According to Giles getting the flu shot with a COVID vaccine is safe and effective and can be done at most medical practices. Getting COVID and the flu at the same time could make someone extremely ill and is the reason it’s even more important this year to get the vaccine.

It’s not just those with compromised immune systems that lower your immune system but the whole population that should get us a shot, according to Giles. When you get the flu and your immune system response is lowered you can be more apt to become infected with other diseases and viruses.

Giles said the typical flu shot is a Quadrivalent meaning it covers strains of the flu virus including two flu A and two flu B strains.

Bon Secours and Francis Health System will be holding flu clinics from Oct. 2 until Oct. 8 the locations and times are listed below:

  • Saturday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., St. Sebastian Church 2300 Old Buncombe Road Greenville, SC 29609
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Triune Mercy Center 222 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC 29609
  • Sunday, Oct. 3, 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., St. Sebastian Church 2300 Old Buncombe Road Greenville, SC 29609
  • Friday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sterling Community Center 113 Minus Street Greenville, SC 29601

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