Do I Need a Flu Shot?
This is the question some are asking, and it’s a good question! Influenza (flu) wasn’t really a problem last year, so it may have fallen off the radar for some. However, we should not be fooled. Influenza is a major killer and has not lost any of its power to kill.
2019-2020 Flu Season Rates
Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were an estimated 35 million flu-related illnesses—that number includes 16 million medical visits for the flu; 380,000 flu-related hospitalizations; and 20,000 deaths due to influenza.
Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 people per year.
The same strategies that protect us from COVID-19 also protect us from influenza:
- Flu shots are safe, and they cannot give you the flu.
- It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to build up your immunity, so don’t delay.
- You can get your flu shot and your COVID-19 shot at the same time; just get them in different arms.
- Children as young as 6 months of age can and should get the flu shot.
- We need to get flu shots annually in the fall of the year.
- Flu vaccines are readily available, and they are typically covered by insurance.
The flu shot isn’t perfect, but it’s very good. It can save your life! If you get symptoms of flu or COVID-19, see your health care provider for timely diagnosis and treatment. Effective treatments are available for both, if you don’t delay.
Let’s defeat flu and COVID-19! For additional information, please contact your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, please call 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).
The flu shot isn’t perfect, but it’s very good. It can save your life!