CLEARFIELD – As flu season descends on the United States, with COVID-19 still looming, health care professionals at the Susquehanna Wellness Clinic (SWC) advise that getting the flu shot can be more important than ever this year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the past two flu seasons have been milder than normal, which experts attribute to widespread COVID precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing.
Since so few people have been infected with influenza in the past two years compared to previous years, immunity to infection is lower than usual in most individuals, making them more vulnerable now that they are back in the office, going to social gatherings and not wearing masks. .
Again, it’s also possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, and a recent study published in The Lancet found that adults who have a dual influenza-COVID infection are at greater risk of severe illness and death than patients who have COVID-19 alone or with other viruses. For this reason, the CDC urges staying up to date with vaccinations for both.
“As long as you meet the timeframe requirements, such as how long it’s been since you’ve had a previous vaccine or had an active COVID infection, you can see us for your flu shot or COVID shots,” a said Susquehanna. Megan Patrick, Wellness Clinic Director.
“We stock both the Moderna vaccine bivalent boosterand Flucelvax Quadrivalent influenza vaccine.
The bivalent COVID booster differs from the original in that it is designed to protect against two strains of the COVID virus, providing better protection against variants.
Moderna designed the new formula to target both the beta variant and the original variant. The influenza vaccine offered at CFC protects against several strains of influenza type A and B.
Although the CDC has posted messages that COVID and flu shots can be given during the same visit, SWC staff recommend splitting the shots because they keep their patients healthy.
“Although the CDC has stated that they can be administered at the same time, our doctors recommend administration at different times. If the injections are given at the same time and a reaction occurs, we would not know what caused the reaction. So we won’t be giving them together here at SWC,” Patrick explained.
“But we’ll be happy to see you again for another visit and get you fully vaccinated.”
Opening in Frenchville in 2020 and in a second location in the former PennDOT building on Daisy Street in Clearfield in 2022, SWC’s mission is to provide patient-centered care to adults ages 18 and older with an emphasis on quality and meaningful care.
The comprehensive approach offers chronic care management, telehealth and telemedicine services, as well as on-site health and wellness programs.
Other services include in-home services for patients who are physically unable to come to the clinic and remote visits to senior centers and high-rise buildings. Same day appointments are also available.
Additionally, SWC participates in most managed care plans, processes most insurance, and is able to accept credit card and cash payments.
The clinic is always accepting new patients.
For more information or to make an appointment, call the clinic at 814-765-2695 for both locations.
For more information about Susquehanna Wellness Clinic, visit https://www.mrswc.life/.