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Flu Vaccine: Medical Experts Weigh In – GET ONE!

October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020

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Most adults fall into one of three categories, either they get their flu vaccine annually, or they never get one, or they do so sporadically.

Medical experts agree, the 2020-2021 flu season is the year to get a flu vaccine, and the timing for getting it is right now. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults get a flu vaccine by at least the end of October. Once received, it takes on average two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. So, now, right now, is the time to get your flu vaccine.

The prediction for the 2020-2021 winter season is for a ‘twindemic’, with both Influenza & COVID-19 being factors.

Kelly Garber, Professional Case Management’s Certified Respiratory Therapist, was asked to share her thoughts on the topic of flu vaccines:

“Looking back on the years I worked in a hospital, I cannot help but wonder how much illness and suffering could have been prevented by something as simple as a flu vaccine. It was common for me to be called to the ER to care for a patient with COPD or other respiratory illnesses who already had compromised lungs that were further challenged by the flu. Patients would be extremely short of breath and have low oxygen levels in their blood. Fortunately, many patients recovered after a few days of intensive respiratory treatments and medications. But honestly, a scare like that and a few days in the hospital could have been avoided in most cases by having a flu vaccine. It not only protects you, but those around you. It can also help our health care workers; doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists avoid being overwhelmed by becoming COVID-19 and flu patients at the same time. Please, talk to your health care provider about getting your flu vaccine!”

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Below are some fact-filled articles that might be helpful as you are deciding whether you should receive a flu vaccine.