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Why is it more important than ever to get a flu shot?

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Why is it more important than ever to get a flu shot?

Flu Shot calendar noteLast year, only 45% of American adults received a flu shot.1 This may seem low given that an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. However, there are many misconceptions surrounding the flu vaccine. It’s important to know that the flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. There are different side effects that may be associated with getting a flu, but these are mild and short-lasting, especially when compared to symptoms of bad case of flu.1

In general, the CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months old get a flu shot unless you have any allergies or other conditions and, if possible, it should be completed by the end of October.1 In 2020, many health officials are saying that it is more important than ever to get a flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An additional benefit of getting the flu shot and other vaccinations this year is helping avoid overwhelming hospitals and doctor’s offices. By reducing any potential hospitalizations from the flu, you can help keep traffic down.2

Overall, while a lot is unknown about the interaction between COVID-19 and the flu (or other illnesses), health officials are recommending that everyone get caught up on their vaccines in order to keep yourself and those around you safe.

 

Not sure where to get a flu vaccine? They are offered in most pharmacies, doctor’s offices, clinics and health departments. To find a flu vaccine location near you, visit https://vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccine.

1Key Facts About the Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2A flu shot doesn’t always protect you, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever. USA Today.