Get used to it. “Twindemic” is becoming a part of our COVID-19 lexicon as we approach flu season. America’s pandemic czar Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are urging citizens to receive the flu vaccine before the outset of the season.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is urging businesses to push employees to get flu vaccines as soon as they can. “The more we can prevent flu from causing hospitalizations, the more we can prevent people with flu from filling up our ICUs, the more probability that there is going to be a hospital bed for people with COVID.”
Fauci has been imploring citizens to be vaccinated for some months. His concern is that there will be a rise in coronavirus cases during flu season. In an interview with MarketWatch, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said citizens should “make sure you get vaccinated so that you could at least blunt the effect of one of those two potential respiratory infections.”
The vaccine comes in a shot and a nasal spray. The nasal spray influenza vaccine is not recommended for children younger than two years, adults 50 and older and pregnant women. And the CDC believes that August is too early for the vaccine, suggesting that people wait until September no later than October to get it.
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