Fresno, California 2021-09-21 19:17:05 –
“The flu season will be a bit busy this year,” says Dr. Mitul Patel.
Kaiser Permanente makes it easy for members to get the vaccine by providing drive-through flu shots at the Clovis site. By Tuesday, the stable flow of cars had stopped and people took advantage of free shots.
“I didn’t have to get out of the car this year because I don’t want to get the flu,” says Barbara Waddstein.
Last year’s flu season was mild as many were at home, wearing masks, and increasing hand washing and disinfectant use.
But as more children return to school and adults return to work, Dr. Patel is worried that the increase in flu patients will only make things worse, as hospitals are seeing an influx of COVID patients. increase.
“Currently, we already have cases of RSV and other viral infections that are common during the peak of winter,” said Dr. Patel. “Soon, you may get the flu, which will add another layer to the combination of what we are worried about.”
Experts predict that there may be a circulation of COVID, influenza and other respiratory viruses this fall and winter.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is safe to receive a COVID vaccine and a flu shot at the same time.
“You don’t have to leave them apart,” said Dr. Patel. “They have released official guidelines that it doesn’t matter which vaccine you get. You can get the COVID or flu vaccine the day before or the next day with any vaccine. Regarding vaccination There is no specific interval that needs to occur. ”
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