“Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” states the CDC website.
The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. This includes everyone six months and older (with very rare exceptions). If you’re not sure if you should get a flu shot, read the CDC’s article “Who should & who should NOT get vaccinated”.
There are two types of vaccines available in the US: flu shots and nasal sprays. The CDC website provides a complete list of available vaccines so that you can talk to your doctor about which one would work best for you and your family.
With all the concerns for COVID-19, it can be easy to forget just how dangerous the flu really is. Flu viruses spread quickly throughout communities; during the 2018-2019 flu season, there were 35.5 million illnesses, 490,600 hospitalizations and 34,200 deaths due to the flu. Vaccinations protect you and your loved ones. The more people who are vaccinated, the less number of flu cases in our hospitals, allowing doctors and nurses to focus on helping the COVID-19 patients that come in.
If you need help finding a flu vaccine provider or location, contact Care is There.
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