A dedicated team of nurse and pharmacist immunizers from Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri spent the last five weeks vaccinating hundreds of seniors and health care workers in long-term care communities across the state.

Donned in full personal protective equipment and routinely tested for COVID-19, immunizers had the privilege of engaging with residents and staff they have previously been prevented from seeing due to COVID-19 restrictions that limit visits from outside healthcare personnel.

Providing routine influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting residents, staff and communities from respiratory diseases and outbreaks. Routine vaccination can also prevent illnesses that lead to additional complications and hospitalizations, which would place further strain on the healthcare system.

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