They say it could help doctors, nurses and other health workers fight COVID-19.
Frederick, Md (KM) The flu season is upon us, and physicians and other health care professionals are reminding us to get vaccinated against influenza. Dr. Abbul Tak, a physician at Med-Express Urgent Care in Frederick, says it’s important to get vaccinated as soon as possible. “We really don’t know when the peak of the flu is going to be,”: he said. “These are the important recommendations that you get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.”
He said this is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. “By getting a flu shot this year, you can reduce the overall burden on the health care system, and reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses that are circulating.”
Even both influenza and the coronavirus are viruses, Dr. Tak says the flu shot will not protect you from getting COVID-19. “However, the flu vaccination has many important health benefits including being known to reduce the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalization and severe illnesses.”
He says the flu is caused by an infection of influenza viruses, and COVID-19 is caused by an infection caused by the new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Both are contagious.
“Prior infection with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, or flu, does not prevent someone from future flu infections,” says Dr. Tak. “The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.”
The population most susceptible to influenza are adults 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and individuals with underlying conditions. Dr. Tak also advises heath care workers, especially those who work in nursing homes or long term care facilities, and pharmacists, get the vaccination.
“We actually have seven different types of flu vaccines. Depending on the age specificity, we can administer any of these vaccines to the appropriate person,” he says.
Vaccinations against influenza are available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, grocery stores and other locations.
By Kevin McManus