We’re in the midst of a pandemic, with flu season fast approaching. And, yes, you can get both flu and COVID-19. This is bad news — but there’s good news, too: The flu is well studied and, unlike COVID-19, we have vaccines to prevent it. That’s right: you can stop the flu in its tracks!
Here are 7 great reasons you should consider getting your flu vaccine:
It caused more than 60,000 deaths and at least 410,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. last year.
The seasonal flu vaccine is tailored every year to protect against the 4 most likely strains of flu in circulation, based on global tracking of the virus.
Some flu symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19, meaning doctors must test to know which illness you have. If you’ve had a flu shot, doctors can be more certain your symptoms are not from the flu.
If you get the flu, not only are you at higher risk for COVID-19, you are also at higher risk for pneumonia or another serious lung disease. And people with underlying illnesses are at still higher risk for a more serious case of the flu.
COVID-19 is already overwhelming hospitals and doctors. A serious flu epidemic could be the “last straw,” particularly since it’s also possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
A 2017-2018 study found that the flu vaccine prevented an estimated 91,000 flu-related hospitalizations. And if you do get sick, remember: First Stop Health telemedicine is here to help! In fact, it allowed 94% of First Stop Health patients with flu symptoms in the 2019-2020 flu season to avoid in-person care.
A small minority of people cannot get a flu shot because they’re too young or have serious health conditions that prevent their getting vaccinated. But when everyone else gets one, that limits the chance of the flu spreading to those more vulnerable people. Encourage your family, friends and co-workers to get vaccinated. When more people get vaccinated, more people stay safe.
Book your flu vaccination today! Find a location near you to get your shot or nasal spray.
If you’re having symptoms that suggest flu or COVID-19 — such as fever, chills, cough, trouble breathing, fatigue, or aches and pains — stay home, and call a doctor via First Stop Health telemedicine. Get the App today!
First Stop Health, our telemedicine service available to Alliance health plan participants, provides 24/7 virtual treatment and care from U.S.-based and licensed physicians for a variety of health concerns. From the flu to a bug bite, First Stop Health is just a click away, saves participants health-care dollars, and provides top-notch service. They believe access to health-care should be convenient, affordable, and transparent.