This winter is shaping up to be a tough one, but if you’re feeling helpless, there’s one thing you can do right now that will make a big difference. Getting a flu shot is one of the simplest ways to help make this season easier for everyone, and it only takes a minute.
In an average year, 40-50 million Americans become sick with the flu, and around 800,000 of them require hospitalization. This year, as the coronavirus pandemic surges and infection numbers are expected to continue to increase as the weather gets colder, experts are warning that both viruses peaking this winter could put unmanageable stress on the healthcare system at a time when it is already stretched to the limit.
And, because early COVID and flu symptoms are very similar, you’re setting yourself up for undue anxiety if you do end up contracting the flu.
This year, it is especially important that anyone in one of these categories get their flu shot ASAP:
Children under 5 and their parentsAdults over 50Women who are pregnant or recently gave birthNursing home residents and staffPeople with medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, HIV, kidney and heart diseaseEssential workers, especially health care workers
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