While much of the focus this year has been on COVID-19—and rightfully so—the flu season is right around the corner. Is getting a flu shot as important this year?
Well, actually, it’s even more important than normal in 2020. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. shares some insight about why that is.
Why Do I Need a Flu Shot Each Year?
When you think about vaccines, what comes to mind may be vaccinations for conditions such as chickenpox or hepatitis. Those vaccines are either a one-and-done shot, or they require a booster shot some period after the first.
But the flu shot is different. The influenza virus has many different strains—and each year, certain strains are more prevalent than others. To ensure you’re protected as much as possible, the flu vaccine is reformulated each year to protect against the strains that are predicted to be most common that season.
Who Most Needs a Flu Shot
- Older adults
- Those with compromised immune systems
- Pregnant women
What Makes the Flu Shot So Important This Year?
That’s a great question! This year presents a unique and potentially dangerous set of circumstances. The flu season, which begins around October and continues until March or April, will coincide this year with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Because the two conditions share many common symptoms, there could be confusion over which medical condition a person has. But bigger picture than that, having a large outbreak of the flu at the same time as an outbreak of COVID-19 lead to many medical visits and hospitalizations, stretching our medical system. Getting a flu shot is something you can do to lessen the risk of that happening.
Other Ways to Prevent Illness
- Wear a face mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
- Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Limit time spent in crowds or large gatherings.
The CDC recommends receiving your flu shot by the end of October for maximum protection. Stop by AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. to get yours!