The 2020-2021 flu season will be challenging due to the current battle against the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) emphasizes that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year. It is essential to protect yourself and the people around you from the flu and help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contact your PCP (primary care physician) and speak with them about obtaining your flu shot today! Now more than ever, please make your health and safety a priority! For more information on flu prevention and the flu vaccine, please visit the CDC’s website.
Below are some resources from the CDC that share the importance of receiving a flu shot this year to help us stay healthy and safe.
Pregnant? You Need A Flu Shot!
Flu can be a serious illness, especially when you are pregnant. Getting the flu can cause serious problems when you are pregnant. Even if you are generally healthy, changes in immune, heart, and lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to get severely ill from the flu. Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum) who get flu are at high risk of developing a serious illness, including being hospitalized.
A Strong Defense Against Flu: Get Vaccinated!
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza (flu) are to get a flu vaccine every flu season. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. CDC recommends everyone six months and older get an annual flu vaccine.
Here are some key reasons to get a flu vaccine this year.
Influenza Vaccine: Who Should Get It, And Who Should Not
Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual influenza vaccination, with rare exceptions. For the 2020-2021 flu season, ACIP recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed, appropriate influenza vaccine (IIV, RIV4, LAIV4, or nasal spray) with no preference expressed for any one vaccine over another. Some vaccines are not recommended in some situations and for people of certain ages or with certain health conditions, and some people should not receive influenza vaccines at all (though this is uncommon).
Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages. Everyone should get a vaccine that is appropriate for their age.
If you want the flu to stay away, go and get your flu shot today!