- The influenza vaccine won’t protect against COVID-19, but the global pandemic still adds urgency to getting one
- Hospitals are already struggling to deal with COVID-19, and the similarities make the two diseases especially dangerous in concert
Experts like those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot.
In fact, the CDC recommends that everyone get a flu shot by the end of October.
The flu will still have a presence, and the threat of COVID-19 this year adds even more urgency to getting vaccinated. A flu vaccine won’t prevent COVID-19, of course, but the global pandemic creates ancillary incentives beyond simply not wanting to get sick. Consider:
- COVID-19 has hospital resources and personnel stretched to the breaking point. Doctors are already anticipating a winter surge in COVID-19 cases and the last thing they need is influenza patients