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It's flu and cold season in the midst of a pandemic! There is a mild uptick in Covid cases this week, along with flu and common colds. We are gathering for holidays, kids are in school and day care, and the cold weather brings us indoors. Here is what we recommend:

  • Get your Covid vaccine, get a booster 6 months after your last shot. Speak to your doctor if you have any risk factors. Ask your pediatrician about getting your children vaccinated.
  • If you received the Johnson and Johnson shot, get the booster 3 months after your shot.
  • We are seeing far fewer side effects from booster shots. If you had Covid, wait three months before getting a vaccine.
  • If you are pregnant, we recommend the Covid vaccine and boosters. You are at higher risk, along with age 65 and older, obese, diabetic and hypertensive immunocompromised patients.
  • Get the flu shot – space 2 weeks before or after other vaccines. We offer the quadrivalent preservative-free shot, optimal for pregnant patients and those under age 65. A high dose flu shot is available at most pharmacies for seniors. Rarely some patients have allergy to the flu shot. Speak to your doctor if you have questions.
  • RSV (respiratory syncitial virus) and common colds are back – keep your immune system healthy with Zicam®, rest, WASH YOUR HANDS, wear a mask. If you catch the flu, consider getting a perscription for Tamiflu® early on to reduce the severity of the illness.
  • If you are ill, get a Covid test to rule it out. Although not as severe, there is an uptick in Covid cases this week despite vaccine and previous infection. Follow CDC guidelines if you are positive. High risk positive patients can benefit from Regeneron® infusion early in their illness before hospitalization. There will be a prescription similar to Tamiflu for Covid soon.

We are here to guide you with your own health care needs – call us with questions, keep "current" with us for your best health!

Jeanne Novas MD