Flu Season is Coming

Flu season starts in the fall and runs through the winter, so September-October is a great time to get a flu shot. Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu related doctor visits each year. It can also lessen the severity of illness if you get sick. The CDC estimates that more than 20,000 people die from flu related illness each year. Many of those deaths could be prevented with an annual flu shot.

Anyone can get the flu, but the risk is higher for children, people over 65 and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or cancer. The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone older than 6 months. People over 65 can get a high dose vaccine since they are at higher risk.

Flu shots are covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. The vaccine is free for children without insurance, and TRMC offers a low cost vaccine for anyone who pays out of pocket.

Protect yourself and your family this fall and winter. Ask your primary care provider or call us to schedule an appointment.

Should I get the new COVID booster?

The CDC recommends that everyone stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. Children age 6 months to 4 years should get the initial series of doses. Children age 5 to 11 should get the first series plus a booster dose. Anyone 12 years old or older should get the new updated bivalent booster. The updated boosters target the most recent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, that are more contagious and more resistant than earlier strains of Omicron.

Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, getting vaccinated will provide added protection if we see another surge in positive cases. Health officials say it’s safe to get the flu and COVID vaccinations at the same time. It’s also more convenient to get them both in one appointment. Protect yourself and your family. Ask your primary care provider or call us to schedule an appointment.

Need a medication refill?

The quickest, safest and BEST way to request a refill is through your pharmacy. Requesting a refill through your pharmacy minimizes the chances of an error and speeds up the time it takes for you to get your prescription. Calling the medical center or requesting a refill through the Patient Portal may result in a longer wait for you to get the medication you need.

Help us help you. Call or visit your pharmacy when you need a medication refill.