Adena Health Focus October 12, 2020

Get Your Flu Shot

This year, due to the impact of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. Adena Health System recommends getting your flu shot as soon as possible in order to prevent strains of the flu which could leave people more susceptible to additional Coronavirus infection and serious illness. A flu shot not only protects you, but it protects others by limiting the chances of flu virus contraction and spread.

For children over six months and adults, the flu shot can prevent them from getting sick, prevent flu-related hospitalizations and potentially lessen symptoms or length of illness should they get a strain of the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older, including the elderly and pregnant women, receive an annual flu shot. Flu shots taken by pregnant women can protect their babies from the flu after birth.

Adena Chief Clinical Officer Kirk Tucker, MD is also urging community members to get their flu shots as quickly as possible to provide a layer of protection against flu, especially in light of the pandemic. If a person were to get the flu and then contract COVID-19, the combination could be potentially fatal.  

Adena is offering flu shots at all of its Urgent Care and Walk-In locations in Chillicothe, Circleville, Hillsboro, Jackson and Waverly – including the Adena Clinic at Walmart in Chillicothe. Flu vaccinations are also offered by appointment at any of Adena's Family Medicine, Primary Care and Pediatric locations. Most insurance companies cover the cost of a flu shot, but patients may want to check with their insurance provider if they are unsure.

Together, we can rally to protect ourselves and each other against the flu by getting a flu shot today. Call Adena at (740) 779-7500, or skip the wait and reserve your appointment time online at one of our Urgent Care or Walk-In Clinics at Adena.org/UrgentCare and get flu shots for yourself and your family. By pulling together, we can beat this cold and flu season.