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Flu Shots are still Available

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Thursday, November 18, 2021, 15:25 (16 days ago)

We stopped at the Centro de Salud El Embalse this morning about 11. The only people there were the nurses who were taking a break since there were no customers! We were able to get our flu shots and be on our way in less than 5 minutes. They are currently out of the pneumonia shots.

This is only the second time we have had flu shots, but figure that with everything out there, it couldn't hurt, and it sure was easy!!!

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Flu Shots are still Available

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Thursday, November 18, 2021, 15:40 (16 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Although the flus shots are much less effective (60-70%] than the Covid vaccine, it makes a lot of sense to get them since the symptoms of influenza and Covid are similar. Bottom line is that if you have symptoms of the flu, you should be tested for Covid. If nothing else it will save getting unnecessary tests.

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Flu Shots are still Available

by jaui @, Zihuatanejo, Friday, November 19, 2021, 05:34 (16 days ago) @ Timmac
edited by jaui, Friday, November 19, 2021, 11:18

Although the flus shots are much less effective (60-70%] than the Covid vaccine, it makes a lot of sense to get them since the symptoms of influenza and Covid are similar. Bottom line is that if you have symptoms of the flu, you should be tested for Covid. "

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@TIMMAC
I had a "flu" / common cold symptoms in December 2020.
I went to the Covid unit at el Centro de Salud "El Embalse".
La señora Doctóra checked me, and concluded that it was NOT Covid.
She did not think it was necessary to do the test.
Apparently, based on my symptoms she came to that conclusion.
She was right, it ran its course in around 10 days, done deal.
Though, to completely discard the possibility, it would have been a good idea to administer the Covid test.

UPDATE: One could say that la Doctóra en el Centro de Salud was "guessing", but at the least it was an EDUCATED guess, based on her CLINICAL EXPERIENCE attending patients one-by-one in that Covid unit.
Though we have heard and do know that Doctors at times make an incorrect diagnosis.

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Flu Shots are still Available

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Friday, November 19, 2021, 07:41 (16 days ago) @ jaui

Without a test she was guessing. Mind you I've done that in the past with patients in some circumstances., but I don't think it's best practice in a pandemic. If the guess is wrong the doc has just contributed to the spread.