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Cold and Flu Season is Here

With cold and flu season amost here one of the frequently asked questions from patients is, “when should I get vaccinated?” The answer is, you should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.

To schedule your flu shot contact your primary care clinician. (Schedule below).

Should you get sick know that you can be treated at one of our ExpressCare locations. (Andover or Riverwalk/ Lawrence) visit https://pmaonline.com/express-care/ to schedule an appointment online and for site hours.

 

We Are Here For You

Screening:
If you or someone you know are experiencing COVID symptoms (CDC symptom checker) call your clinician to set up a telehealth (phone or video) screening to determine next steps. Should testing and/or treatment be needed, resources are available through our Respiratory Illness Clinic.

Testing:

Treatment:
Our Riverwalk ExpressCare is the only center that is seeing respiratory symptoms.  All of our other sites are “COVID free”. Please call our staff and they can point you to the right place to get the treatment you need.