North Canyon Flu Vaccines

When flu season hits, it’s time to get vaccinated. At North Canyon Medical Center, we take your and your family’s health seriously — we want you to know what influenza is, and we aim to make it easy for you to get your flu vaccine.

Three Convenient Locations for Vaccination

Get your flu vaccine at one of our three convenient locations. Make sure you call and schedule an appointment.

LOCATIONS

North Canyon Buhl Clinic
718 HWY 30
Buhl, ID
Phone: (208) 543-4785

North Canyon Medical Plaza
267 N. Canyon Dr.
Gooding, ID
Phone: (208) 934-4446

North Canyon Jerome Clinic
491 Heritage Dr.
Jerome, ID
Phone: (208) 644-7510

To learn more about the flu, read on.

What is the Flu?

To appreciate the importance of flu vaccinations, we need to understand the disease itself, and there are many misunderstandings about what influenza is and isn’t.

Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory disease caused by various influenza viruses. While many strains exist, the two most common are influenza A and B. Since influenza is a respiratory illness, symptoms are typically respiratory-related.

People often associate stomach bugs (nausea and vomiting) with the flu, but these situations are likely not related to the flu.

Common symptoms of influenza are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Achiness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Less common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea — typically occurring in children. If nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea occur without the common symptoms listed above, it is likely due to a different disease.

Benefits of Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccines have come a long way since first being introduced in 1945. Today, there are many different flu vaccines, but the type of vaccine is not nearly as important as simply being vaccinated. The CDC has maintained its recommendation that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza since the 2010-2011 flu season.

This recommendation has not changed because of the many benefits flu vaccines provide individuals and society as a whole.

  • Flu vaccines can prevent you from getting the flu
  • Studies have shown that flu vaccination can reduce the severity of illness in people who are vaccinated but still get influenza
  • Flu vaccines help reduce the likelihood of being hospitalized due to influenza
  • Flu vaccines are a critical preventative medical intervention for people with specific chronic conditions such as:
    • Heart disease
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Diabetes
  • Flu vaccines can protect pregnant individuals both during and after their pregnancy
  • Flu vaccination can be lifesaving to children
  • Vaccination against the flu helps protect the people you come in contact with

Frequently Asked Questions — Flu

While there are many benefits to getting vaccinated against the flu, approximately half of the U.S. population chooses not to get vaccinated. As a result, millions of people are infected by flu viruses every year, leading to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of lives lost each year.

To help increase your confidence in getting vaccinated, we have included answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear regarding flu vaccines.

When Should I Get Vaccinated?

After being vaccinated, it takes approximately two weeks for your body to build up immunity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals should get vaccinated as early in the fall season as possible. If you are unable to get vaccinated in early fall, it is still beneficial to get vaccinated when you can.

Who Should Get Vaccinated?

According to the CDC, everyone six months or older should receive an annual flu vaccination.

Can Pregnant Women Get a Flu Vaccine?

Yes. Pregnant women have a 2.5x higher risk for hospitalization due to influenza than non-pregnant women, and flu vaccination decreases hospitalization for mothers by 40% and infants by 75%. Both the CDC and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend that women who are or plan to be pregnant during the flu season get vaccinated against the flu as soon as vaccines are available.

Is There Anyone Who Should Not Get a Flu Vaccine?

Some individuals should consult with a physician before getting a flu vaccine:

  • Individuals with a severe egg allergy
  • Individuals with a history of severe reactions to flu shots
  • Individuals with a history of developing Guillain-Barré syndrome within six weeks of influenza vaccination
  • Individuals who have an illness or are not feeling well

Are There Side Effects to Getting a Flu Shot?

Some people experience mild side effects after receiving a flu vaccine such as:

  • Redness, swelling, or soreness at the sight of the injection
  • A low-grade fever
  • General body aches

Symptoms should last no longer than 1 to 2 days. If symptoms do not resolve, contact your physician.

Can I still Get Sick if I Get a Flu Shot?

Yes. A vaccine does not guarantee you will not get sick; what it does do is provide your immune system with the necessary genetic information to develop antibodies to influenza. As a result, your body will respond more quickly to exposure to the disease than if not vaccinated. Sometimes you will not get sick; other times, you may get sick but will likely have reduced symptoms and duration of illness. There are also many factors that contribute to the effectiveness of vaccines from year to year.

Is the Flu Vaccine Effective Against COVID-19?

No. The flu vaccine is not effective against COVID-19.

Why Get Vaccinated Against Influenza if it is Not Effective Against COVID-19?

Both influenza and the COVID-19 virus will probably be in the population simultaneously this year. Flu vaccination is more important now than ever before because it will reduce the likelihood of hospitalizations due to influenza and ease the burden on our health care systems.

Can the Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Vaccine be Given at the Same Time?

Yes. Per the CDC’s guidelines, it is safe to administer both vaccines at the same time.

Does Getting a Flu Vaccine Change How Effective the COVID-19 Vaccine Is?

No. Each vaccine is designed to help the body defend against two different viruses and do not impact each other in any way.

If I Think I have COVID-19 or I Have Tested Positive for COVID-19, Can I Still Get Vaccinated for Influenza?

No. If you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, you should not receive any vaccines until you no longer have COVID-19, have finished any isolation protocols, and are cleared by your physician to do so.

Schedule an Appointment

Since vaccination is our greatest defense against influenza, we encourage everyone who can get vaccinated to do so.

To schedule an appointment to get a flu vaccine, contact the nearest Family Medicine Clinic:

North Canyon Buhl Clinic
718 HWY 30
Buhl, ID
Phone: (208) 543-4785

North Canyon Medical Plaza
267 N. Canyon Dr.
Gooding, ID
Phone: (208) 934-4446

North Canyon Jerome Clinic
491 Heritage Dr.
Jerome, ID
Phone: (208) 644-7510