Don’t Skip Getting The Flu Shot This Year

Posted on September 20, 2021 by Published by

Between 12,000 and 61,000 people die from influenza each year in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing as the flu season looms, getting a flu shot is more important now than ever.

“In China and in South America, it was discovered that you can get COVID-19 and influenza at the same time,” explains Dr. Donald Beno, pediatrician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI. “We now know that with those two illnesses, the outcomes are much worse when you have both illnesses at the same time.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you contract the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, you may also be contagious for a longer period of time, furthering the chance of spreading both to other individuals if precautions and prevention measures are not taken. The annual flu shot is available now.

“Masking will certainly help to keep respiratory droplets from transmitting both COVID-19 and the flu, as well as the common cold,” says Dr. Beno. “And as we all know, diligent handwashing will also help prevent the transmission of illnesses.”

Article contributed by: AdvocateAurorahealth enews Staff

SAVE THE DATE: Flu shots will be given after all masses on October 2 and October 3 in Our Lady of the Wayside’s Gathering Place. Click HERE for details.

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