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Vaccine can knock down state's 40000 annual flu cases

Vaccine can knock down state's 40000 annual flu cases”

Like influenza, COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. "If influenza vaccination is delayed, patients should be reminded to return for influenza vaccination once they have recovered from their acute illness".

That doesn't mean you should skip the flu vaccine, however.

Some flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19 symptoms. No, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. "When scheduling or confirming appointments for vaccination, patients should be instructed to notify the provider's office or clinic in advance if they now have or develop any symptoms of COVID-19".

Physicians and primary care providers will also be providing flu vaccine to patients, and there will be target immunization clinics in group homes, shelters and other congregate settings where residents are not able to access the clinics. This is especially important for the vulnerable people in our community who are at a higher risk for hospitalization and death associated with flu and COVID-19.

Patients must also be at least 24 hours without fever or the use of fever-reducing medications, in addition to symptom improvement. Treatment and isolation help prevent the spread of flu and COVID-19.

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"Having a major pandemic and then trying to get insight on the seasonal flu-it's a completely new game".

Flu and COVID-19 share numerous same symptoms, therefore, it may be hard to tell the difference between the two illnesses just based on symptoms. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources".

This can help decrease the burden on the healthcare systems, which are already overwhelmed with COVID-19.

"The biggest challenge this year is really to educate our students that they really need to get the flu shot ... its really not only for them, its for the others around them", said Holin. Even if students feel they are in a low-risk age bracket for severe symptoms of the flu, there is still reason to believe they could transmit it to high-risk individuals, Sellick said. That's a 33% increase from last year's total. Underlying medical conditions include cancer; chronic kidney disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; an immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant; obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or greater), serious heart conditions such as heart failure; coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies; sickle cell disease; and type 2 diabetes mellitus. "Plus, with the continued spread of COVID-19, experts warn that without proper precautions, we could experience a "twindemic" of both flu and COVID-19", ADPH added.

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