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Now More Than Ever, That Flu Vaccine Is Important

Getting the flu vaccine is important every year to protect you and your family against a highly contagious viral infection. It’s especially crucial for children and older adults who are vulnerable to developing severe flu symptoms to get vaccinated. 

At Liberty Pediatrics, we do not take this lightly, which is why we offer comprehensive vaccination services. In fact, last year, a particularly virulent strain of flu sent between 410,000 and 740,000 people to the hospital and caused between 24,000 and 62,000 deaths. This year, getting the flu vaccine is more important than ever. 

Why is the flu shot so important this coming season?

Come this fall, when flu season begins, hospitals could be overloaded with patients experiencing severe symptoms from both COVID-19 and influenza. This issue could be especially concerning for your family, considering Alabama has one of the highest rates per capita of flu deaths in the country.

Experts are predicting a surge in COVID-19 cases during the fall and winter months, right in the middle of the annual flu season in the U.S. This confluence of virus surges could leave people vulnerable to getting both types of infections, which can be uniquely dangerous.

Protecting you and your family against the flu by getting a flu shot can keep you out of the doctor’s office and hospital, helping conserve hospital beds and medical resources for COVID-19 patients — an illness for which there is no vaccine. Furthermore, while flu shots are not 100% effective at preventing the flu, they can make a case of the flu, if your child catches it, shorter and less severe. 

Can a flu shot protect my family against COVID-19?

The flu shot can’t protect your family against COVID-19. At this time, there isn’t a vaccine that can help reduce your risk of catching COVID-19. However, there are precautions you can take that will help reduce your risk of developing the flu. Some of these practices can also help prevent COVID-19. These include:

It’s important to note that the best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months old get a flu shot. The best time of year to schedule your flu shot appointment is by the end of October. If you miss that window, getting a flu shot later will still be beneficial.

Have more questions about the flu and COVID-19? Ready to schedule your family’s flu shot? Call Liberty Pediatrics to make an appointment, or request one online.

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