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The Flu Vaccine & COVID-19
Why This Season’s Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s life in many different ways, and one very important impact is the decrease in routine medical care visits. The fear of exposure and infection has caused many people to stay clear of their doctor’s office and to put off routine visits that they feel can wait until the number of cases goes down significantly. But experts are concerned that this will also include a massive reduction in the amount of people who get their annual flu shot—a risky choice in the time of COVID-19. Take a look:
The Flu & COVID Spreading at the Same Time
One very real concern is that while we continue to fight the pandemic, Flu season will begin and many people will become infected with one or both of these viruses at the same time. While some people can quickly recover from the flu and from the coronavirus, there are many others who are at high risk for severe illness, longtime health conditions and death. Because of this, those that skip the Flu vaccine could be putting themselves in grave danger and put the lives of their loved ones at risk as well.
The Flu Shot is still not Widely Accessed
Although the flu vaccine is quick and easy and covered by most health insurance policies, many people still abstain—even before the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC recommends flu shots for everyone, especially those who may have underlying conditions like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, among others. And while the vaccine cannot guarantee a person won’t get the flu, it has been proven to reduce the severity of the flu and flu- related hospitalizations.
Getting the Flu Vaccine Safely and Reducing the Risk of COVID-19 Exposure
As the pandemic continues, the CDC has been working with healthcare providers around the country to provide guidance on how to minimize the risk of the exposure to patients. Rolling out the season’s flu shot will look differently this season, but is designed to encourage people to get vaccinated. Here’s what you can expect:
- Alternative vaccination sites including pharmacies, temporary clinics, drive-thru vaccination sites
- Staggered appointment times ensuring less people gathered at the same time
- Social distancing in locations
- Home visit options
Getting the flu vaccine is more important now than it possibly ever was. It’s especially vital for those in our population who are at the highest risk for infection and severity. So if you or a loved one is thinking about forgoing the shot this year in fear of COVID-19 exposure, it’s recommended that you speak with your healthcare provider about the safest way to get vaccinated.
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