Flu season 2020

Reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like the flu, is more important than ever this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, the time to get your flu shot is now.

9Health and Safeway/Albertsons will again be providing free flu shots or flu shot vouchers at 9Health Fairs this fall. You must make an appointment to attend. Click or tap here to find a 9Health Fair location near you.

We talked with several experts on Facebook Live about this year’s upcoming flu season including Dr. Emily Cheshire – a nurse practitioner and professor from the University of Colorado College of Nursing, Pharmacist Nikki Price from Safeway/Albertsons, and 9Health Expert Dr. Payal Kohli.

Dr. Kohli shared three good reasons to get the flu vaccine. She called it her “three S approach”.

Selfish – Simply put, YOU do not want to get the flu, especially this year. Anyone with the flu will be assumed to have COVID-19. Also, you don’t want the possibility of getting two infections at the same time such as the seasonal flu and COVID-19.

Selfless – Getting the flu vaccine protects others in your community. We also need to keep from overwhelming the healthcare system this fall and winter during the COVID-19 pandemic and getting vaccinated helps those efforts.

Science – Vaccines in general work to not just fight off the virus that you’re vaccinating against but also rev up the immune system which can help your body’s response to other viruses as well.   

All experts agree that during this time of COVID-19, in addition to the flu vaccine, masks, and social distancing will also help keep us healthy.

For more about this year’s flu season, click or tap here.

9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli, talks with Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Rohini Sharma about the importance of getting the flu vaccine this year.

Who should get a flu shot?

Everyone over 6 months of age should be vaccinated. Those most at risk for the flu virus include:

  • Children under the age of 5
  • Adults over the age of 65
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain medical conditions
9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli, talks with Pediatrician Dr. Katie Richardson about flu vaccine recommendations for kids plus how to keep them healthy during the pandemic.

Again, 9Health and Safeway/Albertsons are making it easy and affordable for you and your loved ones to get a flu shot. Get a free flu shot at a 9Health Fair this fall, click or tap here to find a location.

Below are all the fall 9Health Fair locations and whether they’ll have flu shots and vouchers or just vouchers. Click or tap here to register for a fair.

Saturday, September 26th

  • Arvada Covenant Church – Flu shots and vouchers

Saturday, October 3rd

  • Lamar Street – Vouchers only
  • Heritage Todd Creek in Thornton – Flu shots and vouchers

Saturday, October 10th

  • Dolores County – Vouchers only
  • Alma Townhall – Flu shots and vouchers

Sunday, October 11th

  • Evergreen Fire & Rescue – Flu shots and vouchers

Saturday, October 17th

  • Platte Canyon High School – Flu shots and vouchers

Sunday, October 18th

  • Boulder JCC – Vouchers only

If you don’t plan to attend a 9Health Fair, you can still get preventive 9Health screenings at a discounted rate at Quest Patient Service Centers.

You can also do some 9Health screenings from home with 9Health atHome.

If you have a health question you can also talk to a medical professional through the 9Health Neighbors Program by calling 303-698-4455, ext. 2005. Leave a message and a 9Health Medical Volunteer will call you back within 24 hours.

9Health is a 501c-3 community non-profit empowering people to put health in their own hands by providing tools such as preventive health screenings, evidence-based, objective health education and eTools and resources for every day in your health journey.