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With COVID-19 raging on, staying healthy is the top priority. For this reason, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Below, we outline a few key reasons why you should get a flu shot this year.
First and foremost, the best reason why you should get the flu shot in 2020 is to keep yourself healthy. As we are in the midst of a global pandemic, there is nothing more important than one’s health. Flu shots ultimately prevent millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits every year. In addition, with COVID-19 lurking around the corner, it’s vital to keep your immune system as strong as possible. Contracting the flu weakens your immune system and can make you more susceptible to other viruses, such as COVID-19.
As COVID-19 cases rise all over the world, hospitals and ICUs are once again being flooded with patients. To avoid overwhelming hospitals even more, doctors are recommending you get a flu shot. While a flu shot isn’t a 100 percent guarantee in terms of avoiding the flu, it will significantly reduce your chances of getting it, alleviating the burden on hospitals. Further, studies have shown that even in cases where the flu vaccine doesn’t prevent you from getting the flu, it is likely to make the illness less severe should you get it. Again, milder cases of the flu are far less likely to require hospitalization, which leaves more room for COVID-19 patients at hospitals.
Though the experts don’t yet know how common this is, they do know that it’s possible to have both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Not only would this be extremely uncomfortable, but it is possible that having one and then getting the other can make the situation far worse. Both illnesses impact your lungs, which means having a mild case of the flu and then contracting COVID-19, or vice versa, could turn it into a serious case.
As the cold weather sets in, it’s important to stay as healthy as possible. One way to do this is by booking an appointment to get a flu shot as soon as possible. In addition, to keep yourself and others safe, we recommend learning basic first aid. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.