It’s especially important to get your flu shot this year due to COVID-19!
Health officials are already preparing for the possibility of a double threat in the fall due to influenza (flu) and COVID-19. As the world races to find a vaccination for COVID, we must not forget about preparing ourselves for regular flu season as well. While the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19 directly, it has many other important benefits during this time.
The flu vaccine has been shown to decrease the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. The flu vaccine protects us and helps conserve potentially limited, vital health care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While vaccinations help protect our own bodies against illnesses, we are also protecting others, specifically those who are most vulnerable such as infants, the elderly, and young children. As we slowly begin to return back into society, a flu vaccine can help prevent spread to family members, co-workers, community members, and classmates as well.
It’s important, especially during this time, that we continue to get vaccinated to help protect ourselves from those diseases that we have the ability to protect ourselves against.
Stay on pace with your total immunization schedule
While we often think about vaccinations in terms of back-to-school requirements, it’s important to remember routine vaccinations are recommended even into adulthood. Vaccinations are recommended throughout our lives based on age, lifestyle, medical conditions, past vaccinations, and wellness. That’s why it’s important that you stay on pace with your immunization schedule. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following resource to help keep you up-to-date on all of your vaccinations.
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