Should We Get Flu Shots This Year?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging all individuals who are without contraindications to receive the influenza vaccine this year, saying it is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic than in normal years.

Even though it might feel counterintuitive to get vaccinated against the influenza virus in the setting of a different viral pandemic, prevention of Influenza and reducing the severity of the Flu by immunization could alleviate stress on the health care system from COVID-19. 

The concept here is that Influenza vaccination can reduce the number of people who become sick with influenza virus, but the significance is that lower influenza rates will reduce the numbers of patients with symptoms that might be confused with COVID-19.  However, it is important to note that the very same precautions we are taking to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus will also serve to protect us from the Flu.

For those who do elect to get a Flu shot, let’s just hope that this year’s vaccines contain the current strains of Influenza virus that are circulating around the globe this year. 

Click here to read the CDC’s position statement that the Flu vaccine matters more this year.

Jenn Landers, staff writer | Patient Advocate Alliance Edited by Justin Groode, MD

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