Specialists believe that everybody, six months or older, should get an annual flu shot.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, public health experts urged Americans to get vaccinated against Influenza during the flu season to prevent a so-called “twindemic” – an overlapping of COVID-19 and the flu possibly overwhelming hospitals and increase the risk of death among people.
During the yearly Pneumococcal Disease / Influenza news conference on Thursday, hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, urged citizens to follow CDC recommendations and get vaccinated against the flu.
Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious disease from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, stated:
“Influenza, all by itself, is a profoundly serious viral infection, which causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year, with the major complication being pneumonia, and many thousands of deaths.”
Less than half of U.S. adults were vaccinated against the flu last season. The official CDC tally reads 38 million flu illnesses, 18 million flu-associated medical visits, 400,000 flu hospitalizations, and 22,000 flu deaths.
Dr. Fauci said that we are at high risk of becoming “seriously ill.”
“It’s our personal responsibility to protect ourselves. But we also have a responsibility to protect the vulnerable around us, including young children, pregnant women, adults, 65 years of age or older, and those with underlying chronic health conditions,” he added.
He suggested that first, we get vaccinated, and then we follow routine preventive measures to stop the spread of germs.
Importance Of The Vaccines
Vaccines are the most effective tool against infectious diseases.
Last season, the flu vaccine prevented 6,300 deaths, 105,000 hospitalizations, 3.7 million flu-related medical visits, and 7.5 million flu illnesses, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases reports say.