Why the Flu Shot is so Important in 2020
Getting a flu shot helps you and others

By Annette Pinder


Each year Western New Yorkers protect themselves against influenza, but this year it is more important than ever. As we continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to take every precaution possible to protect ourselves and others. We know the flu vaccine won’t protect us against COVID-19, but it does reduce our risk of flu-related illnesses that weaken immune systems, and make us more vulnerable to other viruses, including COVID-19. 

Joanne Haefner, MS, FNP, Chief Executive Officer of Neighborhood Health Center of WNY says, “Flu vaccines help reduce the risk of hospitalization, so individuals who get a flu shot are indirectly helping hospitals conserve their resources. Our need to prevent our hospitals from being stretched thin due to caring for patients with COVID is vital. Anything we can do to alleviate the burden on health providers helps save lives and makes hospital workers’ jobs easier and less stressful.”

If you’re wondering where to get a flu shot this year, find the closest location to your home at https://vaccinefinder.org. It is also important to be seen by your doctors to maintain your optimum health. Neighborhood Health Center’s extensive team of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical support staff are committed to addressing the health and wellness of our community. Preventive primary care and family medicine services include annual physicals, chronic disease management, routine shots and immunizations, medication management, routine lab testing, sick care, smoking cessation, STD treatment, dental care, behavioral health services, and more. Inquire about same-day physicals for existing patients by calling our locations at Blasdell (332-3070), Mattina (242-8600), Northwest (875-2904) and Southtowns (648-4345). Learn more at https://nhcwny.org