Top reasons the influenza vaccine is more important than ever this flu season.
Amid the many adjustments we’ve all made in the face of COVID-19, it’s vital to remember that flu season is around the corner. This year, it’s more important than ever that Americans get their flu vaccinations. While many healthy adults sometimes forgo their flu shot, the CDC says, “Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Getting a flu vaccine means you’ll be reducing the risk of ending up in the hospital with symptoms similar to COVID-19, such as fever, nausea and coughing, among others. You will also be lessening the risk of putting healthcare workers in harm’s way and reserving much needed hospital beds for those suffering with coronavirus.
When Should I Get My Flu Vaccine?
It takes about two weeks for the body to build up its full immune response. It’s best to get your flu shot in early fall, around September or early October. But don’t worry, even if you miss this window, it’s good to get vaccinated whenever you can for yourself and those around you.
Flu Shots and Pregnancy
The CDC says that, “Influenza (flu) is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women of reproductive age who are not pregnant.” For this reason, the CDC recommends pregnant women get a flu shot to protect both mother and baby.
How to Avoid the Flu
In addition to getting a flu shot, the CDC has recommendations similar to those that help prevent COVID-19:
- Stay away from people with symptoms.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
AWH Has You Covered With Flu Vaccinations
We are here to answer any questions you have about staying healthy during flu season. We offer flu vaccinations and practice the highest level of safety precautions in our offices.
We are giving priority to our OB patients for flu shots. Contact us today to learn more.