For Immediate Release
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Experts are predicting that this year’s flu season will be particularly brutal. For the most part, flu seasons are easier to handle when some portion of the population has a natural immunity; however, since many Americans spent last fall and winter relentlessly washing hands and socially distancing, fewer people than normal got the flu. As a result, an above-average number of people this year will have a higher chance of getting the flu.
Scientists usually develop the annual influenza vaccines based on the composition of the flu strains that circulated the year before. However, due to last year’s flu cases being so abnormally low, it means that it has been trickier to make this year’s vaccine. When vaccines are “well-matched” to the circulating flu virus, they can reduce the risk of illness on average by 50%, according to the CDC.
Another challenge for this year is the potential of the flu and COVID-19 circulating at the same time. Recently, researchers at the University of Pittsburg determined that this flu season could result in as many as 600,000 hospitalizations nationwide, especially if people do not get vaccinated against it and if this year’s strain is as contagious as they think it is going to be. To put this into perspective, that’s about three times as many flu-related hospitalizations as the U.S. typically sees in a year.
The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October. By getting your flu shot in the next few days, it gives your immune system enough time to prepare itself before flu activity peaks, which is usually between December and February.
Similar to the COVID-19 vaccine, it takes about two weeks after you’ve had your flu vaccine for your immune system to respond. By getting your flu shot now, you are giving your body adequate time to build immunity before we begin seeing any significant uptick in our cases.
In addition to getting your flu shot, we also suggest you get your COVID vaccine and/or booster shot, continue to wear a mask in public places, and maintain good hand hygiene; especially after coughing and sneezing. If you’re sick, please stay home and avoid close contact with other people.
Like COVID-19, the flu spreads primarily through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. In rare cases, the flu virus can also spread on surfaces. Many people are becoming even more lax than ever about wearing masks and social distancing compared to last year; and because of this, the CDC is also warning that it’s possible to get infected with both the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously. They have similar symptoms — such as fever, chills or cough — so getting tested if and when you start feeling bad is of the utmost importance. If it is the flu, you can at least get an antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu, that will help subside your symptoms and reduce the number days that you could be sick.
We know that the constant vigilance of practicing the 3Ws is taking a toll of everyone, but these three simple steps are why so many people avoided getting sick last year and could very well help you avoid both the flu and COVID-19 this coming winter and spring.
If you still need to get a flu shot and/or your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, please contact one of the following local agencies or businesses to find out more about their service(s):
1401 Jake Alexander Blvd., S., Salisbury
*Call for an appointment
1702 E. Innes St., Salisbury
*Walk-ins are welcome
1924 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury
8765 US 52, Rockwell
Food Lion Pharmacy
525 Jake Alexander Blvd., W., Salisbury
*Please call to schedule an appointment
1460 S. Main St., China Grove
The Medicine Shoppe
1357 W. Innes St., Salisbury
704-637-6120/ Masks are preferred
*Walk-ins are welcome; M-F 10 am – 5pm;
1408 West Innes Street, Salisbury
*Walk-ins are welcome,
but appointments are preferred
Masks are required
1505 E. Innes St., Salisbury
1906 W. Innes St., Salisbury
705 Jake Alexander Blvd., Salisbury
508 N. US 29 Hwy., China Grove
323 South Arlington St., Salisbury
NOVANT HEALTH, ROWAN MEDICAL CLINICS:
*All Novant clinics are offering flu vaccines. Please call your primary physician to schedule an appointment.
**Novant clinics are also accepting new patients at this time, if anyone needs a doctor and/or needs to get their flu vaccine.
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