We Can Do It!

Getting vaccinated protects you, your family, your friends, and your community
especially protecting those at risk of severe complications from COVID-19 or the flu. But it only works if you get your shot.

Make a difference by being the difference! Start by learning more about the vaccines. Get the facts... then get your shot.


Lean on us for support. If you have any questions about the shots or would like help scheduling your appointment, please contact our vaccine education program coordinator at (216) 229-1100 x245.


The COVID-19 Vaccine. Just the Facts.

Are you ready to get your shot? COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, as well as help to reduce the risk of people spreading the COVID-19 virus in the community. Together,
we can slow down COVID-19.


Below you will find frequently asked questions regarding the vaccine. If you have further questions or would like to talk to someone about the COVID-19 vaccine contact your physician today.


We can do it, one shot at a time.


FAQ:


How does the vaccine work?


To understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, it helps to first look at how our bodies fight illness. When germs, such as the virus that causes COVID-19, invade our bodies, they attack and multiply. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes illness. Blood contains red cells, which carry oxygen to tissues and organs, and white or immune cells, which fight infection. With all
types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” white blood cells that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.


Which vaccine is the best?


All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are
safe and effective, and CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. The most important decision is to get a COVID-

19 vaccination as soon as possible. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.

As of August 23, 2021, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“As the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D.


How soon does the vaccine start working?

It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.


Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?


The COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.


Will the vaccine protect me from the Delta variant?


Although you can still contract the Delta variant, studies have shown that currently available vaccines appear to be effective against preventing death or serious illness caused by the virus.
Experts are still testing the effectiveness of the vaccination against the Delta variant around the world, but overwhelmingly agree that the vaccine will protect against serious illness and hospitalization in most cases.


If I have an underlying medical condition, should I get the vaccine?


Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.


People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions.


Will I need a booster shot?

COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for certain vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago, including recipients of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as well as those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. For the most recent information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine booster shot, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

 


The Flu Shot. Just the Facts.

Yes, you need a flu shot, too!


With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths on the health care system.


Below you will find frequently asked questions regarding the flu shot. If you have further questions or would like to talk to someone about the flu shot, please call or contact your physician today.


FAQ:


Why should I get the flu vaccine?


Flu vaccination has
important benefits such as reducing flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed time at work and school.

What age group should get the flu vaccine?


There are flu shots approved for use in
children as young as 6 months old and in adults 65 years and older.

Which flu vaccine should I get?


There are
many vaccine options to choose from. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend one flu vaccine over another. The most important thing is for all people 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine every year.

How does the flu shot work?


Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.


What do I do if I’m high risk for developing flu complications?


Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious
complications from influenza. When you get vaccinated, you reduce your risk of getting sick with the flu and possibly being hospitalized or dying. Flu shots are also recommended and approved for use in pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Check out the full list of age and health factors for those
at high risk of developing flu-related complications.

Are there other options besides a shot?

 

The nasal spray flu vaccine is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals who are 2 years through 49 years of age. People with certain medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine