Quick Question: Are there any benefits for the flu shot and COVID?

Yes, absolutely! Receiving a flu shot helps with two important goals: (1) it reduces your risk of catching the flu, and (2) it decreases the burden on the healthcare system meaning more resources can be directed to other health concerns. It’s also important to get a flu vaccine each year because the virus that causes influenza changes from one season to the next. Each year research is conducted to update the vaccine based on  how the virus is predicted to change for the upcoming season. Here are some additional benefits of getting the flu vaccine:

  1. There is some evidence that having the flu vaccine will provide a temporary boost to overall immune system function, which is now more important than ever with COVID-19.
  2. Getting the shot prevents most people from getting the flu. This means you are less likely to get the flu which can weaken your immune system making you more susceptible to COVID-19 disease. 
  3. In 2018-2019, the flu shot prevented over 4 million influenza cases in the United States, and thousands of related hospitalizations and deaths.
  4. The flu vaccine can save children’s lives. In the 2017-2018 flu season, there were 185 child deaths due to influenza in the United States. 
  5. The flu shot can make your disease less severe even if you still catch the flu. Vaccination is not 100% effective BUT the flu vaccine not only prevents infection in most people but it also can reduce how bad the disease is even if you do get flu. 
  6. The flu shot has shown to be helpful for those with chronic conditions. It has been associated with reduced cardiac events, hospitalizations for diabetics, and lung diseases associated with the flu (e.g., COPD, chronic lung disease).
  7. Pregnant women who receive the flu vaccine are also helping to protect their babies.
  8. Remember flu, like COVID-19, can be transmitted to others before you even know you are sick! By getting vaccinated for the flu, you are protecting you, your loved ones and those around you who may not be able to get the vaccine.

The flu shot is a safe and effective way to keep our communities healthier. You can find a location to get your flu shot at this link.

Information for this update was gathered from the CDCFor more information about the importance of receiving a flu shot visit our previous update

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