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the threat from COVID-19 remains high

Getty Images This year, more than ever, getting your flu vaccine is important.
Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, severity of illness if you do get sick and flu-associated hospitalization and death.
Beyond these benefits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone 6 months and older to get their flu vaccine this year to help conserve potentially insufficient health care resources as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic.
The thought is that in the fall and winter, it is likely that flu viruses and the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading.
Efforts such as staying home, practicing social distancing and masking have been proven to help slow the spread of COVID-19 — and will help prevent the spread of influenza as well.
But without a vaccine, and with a continued reliance on human behavior, the threat from COVID-19 remains high.
There have already been renewed spikes in cases, and many experts are also predicting a surge of cases in the fall.
Routine vaccination against illness like the flu helps protect communities from preventable disease and outbreaks, according to the CDC.
Illness that could be prevented by vaccine leads to avoidable doctor visits and hospitalizations, which place additional stress on the health care system.
For the upcoming flu season, the CDC says flu vaccination will help reduce the impact of respiratory illness on the population and also lessen the pressure on health care providers, .

Which will need to continue to provide care to COVID-19 patients

Reducing the overall burden on respiratory illness is also important to protect vulnerable populations at risk for severe illness, like adults ages 65 and older and individuals with certain underlying medical conditions.
Vaccination is also key in riskier environments, like classrooms and businesses with dense, high-contact environments and for essential workers, like those in health care (including nursing home, long-term care facility and pharmacy staff) and other critical infrastructure workers.

The United States falls short of its goals for flu vaccination

according to The Washington Post.
Only 45.3 percent of adults got a flu shot during the 2018-19 season.
This is actually above average, but still far below the Department of Health and Human Services’ 70 percent target for the 2020-21 season.
Vaccination against the flu also protects against co-infection: where patients simultaneously have COVID-19 and the flu.
Early in the pandemic, roughly 20 percent of COVID-19 patients were also infected with another respiratory pathogen.
While it’s true that the flu vaccine doesn’t offer perfect protection, and efficacy varies year to year, it consistently reduces the severity of flu infections.
And contrary to a common misconception, it doesn’t cause influenza.
Though much routine care was paused during the initial stages of the pandemic, routine vaccination should be maintained or reinitiated.

The CDC has issued guidance for immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic

so you can rest assured your immunization will be administered safely.
Flu vaccinations may start earlier and go later than usual, and alternate sites, like curbside or parking lot clinics to allow for appropriate distancing, may be used.
Getting your flu shot this year is a simple, effective way to protect yourself and others and to lend a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19.
In addition.

COVID-19 prevention methods of practicing social distancing

washing our hands and wearing masks when around others will continue to be immensely helpful, both in preventing the spread of COVID-19 as well as the flu.
We should do all that we can to protect against both of these dangerous respiratory illnesses.



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