The 2021-2022 flu season is right around the corner. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for anyone who is 6 months and older. The flu vaccine is the best way to help prevent the flu and the serious health complications it can cause. According to the CDC, flu activity was extremely low in the United States during the 2020-2021 flu season as a result of most people practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and staying home due to school and workplace closures.
Why the Flu Vaccine is More Important Than Ever
It is possible to become sick from both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time, which increases the likelihood of facing severe illness and even death. The flu continues to be a major public health threat for everyone, including healthy children, teens, adults, and pregnant individuals. The flu vaccine not only helps with preventing the illness but also with reducing the risk of hospitalizations or even death for those who have other high-risk medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
We strongly recommended getting a flu shot by the end of October when flu activity tends to be low. After receiving your flu shot, it usually takes about two weeks to build immunity from the flu. It is expected that this flu season will happen alongside the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and therefore, getting vaccinated against both the flu and COVID-19 (if 12 years or older) is of high importance to help protect yourself and your loved ones.
Flu or COVID-19?
Many experts have shown concern regarding the 2021-2022 flu season given that many of the strict prevention measures that were in place and helped reduce the spread of the flu viruses during the 2020-2021 season are now being relaxed in many places.
As most of the symptoms for the Flu and COVID-19 are similar and taking into account that a person can become infected from both viruses at the same time, self-diagnosis will prove difficult. Testing is the best way to determine your illness and begin treatment as necessary
Schedule a flu vaccine appointment for you and your family today!