We don’t yet have a vaccine for COVID-19,
but there is one for flu. Do you know where
to get your flu shot?
“This is a year that I’m asking people to really think deep down about getting the flu vaccine. Please don’t leave this important accomplishment of American medicine on the shelf.”
CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD
In a year of global pandemic, one thing we all can do to ease our minds and the strain on our communities is protect ourselves during flu season. Here are the facts:
Getting a flu
vaccination is easy.
It doesn’t matter where you get your vaccine – they’re all exactly the same – just that you get one. Insurance usually covers the cost, and if you don’t have coverage, low-cost or free flu vaccines are often available.
It’s the right thing to do
for you and your family.
Especially now, we’re all more aware of keeping those we care about safe.
By staying healthy, you’ll help to keep those around you from getting sick – including children, older family members, and those with chronic health conditions. Being part of the solution, rather than the problem, helps everyone.
Flu vaccines are safe.
Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu vaccines over the past 50 years.
Extensive research supports the safety of flu vaccines, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. You’re in good hands when you visit a health care provider to get a shot. Hospitals and other providers have implemented special precautions to protect you from contracting flu or COVID-19.
It works — and you can't afford to ignore health.
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death.
Millions of people get flu every year. As a result, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die from flu-related causes. An annual flu shot is the best way to protect against flu and avoid long nights in the emergency room.
IN THE NEWS
(San Francisco Chronicle) Bay Area hospitals have reported their first cases of influenza, signaling the start of what could be a turbulent flu season with COVID-19 in the mix.
(Wall Street Journal) As the autumn flu season approaches while the Covid-19 pandemic continues, cold-weather sniffles are likely to provoke even more anxiety than usual. Some symptoms of flu—as well as colds and other autumn ailments—are similar to Covid’s, making it harder to know what’s wrong.
(MercuryNews.com) The Bay Area has hit two milestones in its battle with COVID-19. The region’s 10 counties, including Santa Cruz, reported their fewest cases in a single day since late-June, while there were fewer deaths reported in the past week than any other seven-day period since mid-July, according to data compiled by this news organization.
(Los Angeles Times) It’s roughly Month 7 of the pandemic and Week 4 of wildfire season. Unfortunately, we have one more concern to add to your plate: It’s time to get a flu shot. Thousands of people die every year from the flu. The CDC estimates that in the 2019-20 flu season, there were as many as 740,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 24,000 to 62,000 flu-related deaths in the United States.
(Marin Independent Journal) Flu season is approaching, but some medical experts say it’s possible this year’s may shape up to be milder than initially feared. The unlikely reason? The coronavirus pandemic.
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