Getting a Flu Shot Could Be More Important Than Ever
Getting a flu shot has always been a smart thing to do. It is the best way to protect against the flu and stop its spread. But in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a flu shot is essential.
The typical flu is active from October through April. An estimated 5 percent to 20 percent of Americans get the flu each year with symptoms lasting up to two weeks. Having the flu and coronavirus at the same time could lead to complications and more severe outcomes.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to be effective, so it is important to get the vaccine as early as possible. However, once the flu season is underway, it is still not too late to get vaccinated.
Both CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente have detailed plans for getting this year’s flu shot.