Get the flu shot to protect your health at the CCHC Pharmacy
At Cape Cod Healthcare, we know the best way to avoid the flu is to prevent it. While it’s always important to receive a flu vaccine to prevent catching strains of seasonal flu, this year’s outbreak of COVID-19 makes it even more important to protect your health.
The Cape Cod Healthcare pharmacies are offering flu vaccinations, by appointment only, at both the Hyannis pharmacy in the lobby of Cape Cod Hospital from 7 a.m.- 7p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekends, and in our Falmouth pharmacy at Falmouth Hospital Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Please note: flu shots are available to patients 3 and older.
We offer two ways to schedule your flu shot appointment:
- Online: Self-schedule your appointment through the convenience of our MyChart patient portal.
- By phone: Call the 508-957-8600 to schedule with a member of our pharmacy team.
When you arrive for your appointment, a trained hospital pharmacist will administer the vaccine. Please bring your insurance card, wear a mask and have your upper arm accessible for the shot.
- Appointment times are spaced for your protection.
- There is $0 copay with insurance.
- All vaccinations are reported to the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS).
- A copy of your vaccination record will be faxed to your PCP.
Why flu vaccination is more important than ever
With the outbreak of COVID-19, medical professionals are urging people to preserve their health any way they can. Flu vaccination is the most recommended way to prevent contracting this common virus, which shares many symptoms with COVID-19 and can, on its own, weaken a person’s immune system, making them vulnerable to other contagious illnesses, like COVID-19.
Key differences also include:
- Timing of symptoms after exposure - With flu, symptoms develop 1-4 days after infection. With COVID-19, symptoms typically develop 5 days after exposure, but can appear between 2-14 days after infection.
- Length of contagiousness - It’s possible to spread both the flu and COVID-19 viruses for at least 1 day before experiencing any symptoms. With flu, patients are most contagious during the first 3-4 days of illness and may remain contagious for about 7 days. With COVID-19, it’s possible to spread the virus for about 2 days before symptoms and at least 10 days after symptoms appear.
- Level of contagiousness – Though spread in similar ways, COVID-19 is more contagious among certain populations and age groups than flu and has been observed to have more super-spreading events than influenza.
For detailed symptoms and the latest information about flu and COVID-19, visit the CDC influenza website. Getting a flu shot can protect your health and your immune system this flu season.
Make an appointment by calling 508-957-8600 or visiting a flu clinic in your area.