Flu shots in high demand amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Barry Bloom, MD, professor of public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, gets his flu shot at a pharmacy.

Flu vaccinations are offered at public health offices, at pharmacies, at long-term care facilities, and at family doctors' offices.

"With the [flu] vaccine, we can certainly significantly minimize the number of people who die from the flu, and that's precisely what has happened", says Barksdale.

Not only do COVID-19 and influenza often present similar symptoms, but vulnerable populations - such as elderly and the immunocompromised - are at a high risk for both illnesses, she said.

DeLoach clarified that getting the flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19, but instead works to reduce your chances of getting the flu. Facebook has also taken down the post by Trump but the post had already been shared about 26,000 times before its removal.

There are several key differences, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children under age five can only be vaccinated by a doctor or public health.

"Myths and misinformation about the flu vaccine can be countered with this undeniable fact: Flu vaccine can keep you from getting the flu", Burstein said.

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Flu season is approaching, and with COVID-19 cases likely to increase this winter as more people are stuck indoors, medical experts are urging people to do everything they can to protect themselves against both viruses. Students who already have received a flu vaccination will simply need to upload a copy of their proof of vaccination.

Everyone ages 6 months and older.

Q: Should I get a flu vaccination every year? "If you have questions, please check with your physician or pharmacist". Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, though multiple drugmakers are in the process of creating one.

In the end, a flu vaccine is the best way to help prevent seasonal flu.

"Reducing the impact of the flu means less demand on our health care system as we combat the global pandemic".

With the flu, a person usually develops symptoms anywhere from one to four days after infection.

Almost all pharmacies and many doctor's offices offer flu vaccine. ECDOH recommends calling ahead to confirm vaccine availability.

With most insurance plans, a flu vaccine is covered completely and there is no co-pay. Additionally, in partnership with Kroger Pharmacy, the university is greatly expanding the number of locations and opportunities for flu vaccinations for students, faculty and staff, including new locations at the President's Pavilion at Kroger Field (near Gates 9 and 10), The 90 and Gatton Student Center beginning October 18 and continuing through October 31. There will be no drop-in flu clinics.

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