You’re washing your hands, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). That’s great, but experts say there are still a few important reasons to get a flu shot.
Do it for the doctors, nurses, and others on the front line.
COVID-19 case numbers are rising around the state, the country, and the world. Add people getting the flu, and hospitals may face another potential overload.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that there were between 410,000 and 740,000 flu hospitalizations in the last flu season (Oct. 1, 2019 - Apr. 4, 2020). Even a mild flu season could add strain to our health care system.
Medical professionals are emphatic: They’re telling people to get the flu shot so they can focus on treating COVID-19 and other urgent illnesses.
Do it for everyone you love and care about.
Last year’s flu season was severe among young children (0-4 years) and adults ages 18-49 years, the CDC said. And that was unusual. It also points out that no age group is immune.
The flu can be particularly threatening to young children, pregnant women, people with health conditions, and older adults. Make a flu shot plan with your family so you can all help protect each other.
Do it for yourself.
The flu shot adds a layer of protection to all the ways you (yes, you!) are fighting caution fatigue and doing your best to stay healthy.
The flu and COVID-19 have many symptoms in common. If you do feel sick, call your doctor. They’ll help find the best testing and/or treatment for your needs.
This post was originally published by Connecticare, an EmblemHealth subsidiary.