How Getting the Flu Shot Helps Protect Others with COVID-19

WASHINGTON Scientists are predicting coronavirus will have a second wind as colder months approach, just in time for flu season and while the flu vaccine won’t prevent or treat COVID-19, medical experts suggest that it is still helpful in the fight against coronavirus.

As epidemiologists continue to race toward developing a vaccine for COVID-19, scientists say the long-standing seasonal flu vaccine is even more crucial when it comes to your health because it already exists.

Moreover, with coronavirus already putting a strain on our healthcare system, they say the flu shot helps so much more than just your own health.

“By getting a flu shot we are not only protecting ourselves from the complications that can arise from that disease,” said Bradley Toman, Pharmacy Manager for CVS. “We are really protecting our communities and sparing those health resources for patients that might be affected by COVID-19.”

Both coronavirus and influenza are respiratory illnesses, meaning they affect your lungs and breathing, so people who are higher risk for one are generally higher risk for the other.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world die from influenza and many more are hospitalized.

Being in the middle of a pandemic, healthcare workers are already carrying a heavy load. So, any preventative measures that can be taken to not make that load any heavier cannot be understated.

“We need everybody to do their part to protect not only themselves but our communities from the communicable diseases we can protect against,” said Toman.

Toman recommends getting the flu shot before flu season starts, which is typically in October.

This year, many pharmacies are letting you set a flu shot appointment and even do check-in over the phone. However, you can expect  to be screened at the door for potential COVID-19 symptoms, as well as to have to be asked to wear a mask during the visit.

Source: NewsNet | How Getting the Flu Shot Helps Protect Others with COVID-19