The flu vaccine is more important than ever this year. Efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidance, have led to a reduction in routine preventive medical services, like immunizations. Ensuring that individuals receive routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting residents, staff and communities from preventable diseases and outbreaks. Routine vaccination also prevents illnesses that lead to additional complications, which further strain the healthcare system.

Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri is providing onsite flu shot clinics at nursing and assisted living facilities  across Missouri this fall. Immunizers are gearing up to administer vaccines in a variety of clinical and alternative settings with a focus on safe vaccine administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccinating staff and residents at long-term care communities against influenza is one of the best ways to protect our seniors.

For answers to frequently asked questions about flu shots, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/flushot.htm