Yeah. Last year we had a very mild flu season and many would attribute that to all the mask wearing that. We did. We did it to protect us against covid 19 but also protected us also against the flu. But this year as covid 19 restrictions are lessening. Doctors say they are concerned not only will that bring up covid 19 cases but also flu cases and that would dub this the potential to endemic. There is some worry that because people weren’t exposed to the flu last year will be a little bit less natural immunity as a result, there may be a more severe flu season this year. Dr john Goldman with UPMC says a typical flu season already puts a strain on the health care system, add flew on top of covid and will be either at or beyond our capacity. We’re anticipating that we’re going to see higher cases of influenza dr Eugene curly with wealth span health says in order to keep people from getting severely ill and taking up beds in hospitals still treating covid 19 patients you have to get both the covid 19 vaccine and the flu vaccine. Get vaccinated, get vaccinated, get vaccinated, get vaccinated for both. Um So that is the best in this this way that you can prevent getting influenza or covid 19. Not all kids can get the covid 19 vaccine but most can get the flu shot. The C. D. C. Recommends people six months and older to get the flu shot. It’s going to also be our best way at avoiding A so called twin endemic and getting out of this COVID-19. Now, doctors recommend to get flu shots in october about early october today it goes through the duration of the flu season. So also they say that you can get your flu shot as well as your Covid 19 vaccine even together, same day, same hour that you can get them simultaneously because there is no negative interaction between the two. I’m Jocelyn Howard, live in Harrisburg, WGCL News eight.
WE HAD A VERY MILD FLU SEASON IN MANY WOULD ATTRIBUTE THAT TO ALL THE MASK WEARING THAT WE DID WE DID IT TO PROTECT US AGAINST COVID-19, BUT ALSO PROTECTED US ALSO AGAIN TSTHE FLEW BUT THIS YEAR AS COVID-19 RESICTRTIONS ARE LESSENING DOCTORS SAY THEY ARE CONCERNED. NOT ONLY WILL THAT BRING UP COVID-19 CASES, BUT ALSO FLU CASES AND THAT WOULD DUB THIS THE POTENTIAL TO ENDEMIC. THERE IS SOME WORRY THAT BECAUSE PEOPLE WEREN’’ EXPOSED TO THE FLU LAST YEAR. THERE’LL BE A LITTLE BIT LESS NATURAL IMMUNITY AND AS A RESULT, THERE MAY BE A MORE SEVERE FLU SEASON THIS YEAR DR. JOHN GOLDMAN WITH UPMC SAYS A TYPICAL FLU SEASON. ALREADY PUTS A STRAIN ON THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND FLU ON TOP OF COVID. AND WILL BE EITHER AT OR BEYOND OUR CAPACITY. WE’RE ANTICIPATING THAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE HIGHER CASES OF INFLUENZA DR. EUGENE CURLEY WITH WELLSPAN HEALTH SAYS IN ORDER TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM GETTING SEVERELY ILL AND TAKING UP BEDS IN HOSPITALS STILL TREATING COVID-19 PATIENTS. YOU HAVE TO GET BOTH THE COVID-19 VACCINE AND THE FLU VACCINE IT VACCINATED GET VACCINATED GET VACCINATED GET VA INCCATED FOR BOTH. SO THAT IT THE BEST IN THIS THIS WAY THAT OKAY, GETTING INFLUENZA OR COVID-19 NOT ALL KIDS CAN GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE BUT MOST CAN GET THE FLU SHOT THEDC C RECOMMENDS PEOPLE SIX MONTHS AND OLDER TO GET THE FLU SHOT. IT’S BEEN ALSOE B OUR BEST WAY AT AVOIDING A SO-CALLED TWENDEMIC AND GETTINGUT O OF THE DURATION OF THE FLU SEASON SO ALSO THEYAY S THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR FLU SHOT AS WELL AS YOUR COV-19 IDCCVAINE EVEN TOGETHER SAME DAY SAME HOUR THAT YOU CAN GET THEM SIMULTANEOUSLY BEUSCAE THERE IS NO NEGATIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TWO. I’M JOS
Flu season, COVID-19 could create ‘twindemic’
The flu season was mild last year, which some experts say was the result of mask wearing and social distancing to prevent COVID-19.But there are fewer mask mandates this season, which has doctors worried about a possible “twindemic:” a surge in cases of both the flu and the coronavirus.”There is some worry that because people weren’t exposed to the flu last year, there will be a little bit less natural immunity, and as a result, there may be a more severe flu season this year,” said Dr. John Goldman, with UPMC. Goldman said a typical flu season already puts a strain on the health care system. “Add flu on top of COVID, and we’ll be either at or beyond our capacity,” he said. “We’re anticipating that we’re going to see higher cases of influenza,” said Dr. Eugene Curley, with WellSpan Health. Curley said in order to keep people from getting severely ill and taking up beds in hospitals still treating COVID-19 patients, people should get vaccinated for COVID-19 and the flu. “Get vaccinated for both. That is the best way that you can prevent getting influenza or COVID-19,” Curley said.Not all kids can get the COVID-19 vaccine, but most can get the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine.”It’s going to also be our best way at avoiding a so-called twindemic and getting out of this COVID-19 pandemic,” Curley said.Doctors recommend getting the flu shot in October so protection will last through the entire season.The CDC said people can safely get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines simultaneously.
The flu season was mild last year, which some experts say was the result of mask wearing and social distancing to prevent COVID-19.
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