Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. The flu can be very serious and even fatal, particularly for the very young, older individuals, and those with compromised immune systems. Last flu season, which was between October 2019 and April 2020, the CDC estimates that as many as 56 million Americans had flu and as many as 62,000 died due to it.
The good news is that getting an annual flu vaccine offers great protection against becoming seriously ill from the flu. Most flu vaccines protect against the four flu viruses that research suggests will be most common during the upcoming flu season.
Avoiding the flu is even more important for everyone this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is possible to become sick with both flu and COVID-19 at the same time. It is unknown how this might affect patients, but there is a high likelihood that it will result in a much more severe illness and greater chance of death or lasting damage to health. As the flu season progresses, caring for both flu patients and COVID-19 patients could quickly overwhelm the healthcare system as well.
For complete information about COVID-19 and related polices at Harrington HealthCare, please see our Coronavirus Information page.
Information on this page was gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Harrington HealthCare providers.