US CDC urges people to get vaccinated for both COVID-19 and seasonal flu

On October 7, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky urged Americans 6 months and older to get a flu shot as health officials brace for a severe flu season.

Health workers give a seasonal flu vaccine to people in Los Angeles, California, USA. File photo: AFP
Health workers give a seasonal flu vaccine to people in Los Angeles, California, USA. File photo: AFP

According to the reporter, Ms. Walensky said the CDC is preparing for a resurgence of the flu, and campaigned for this vaccine during a press conference of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). . CDC data shows that the last flu season, the whole US had only about 2,000 cases, a record decrease compared to the number of 35 million cases in the 2019-2020 flu season. Public health experts say last year's low levels of flu outbreaks could be attributed to COVID-19 precautions, but this makes Americans less immune to the flu. Walensky urged Americans to get vaccinated for both COVID-19 and the flu, saying vaccination is not only important to ending the pandemic but also helping to prevent other infectious diseases.

Although flu shots among adults have increased between the last two flu seasons, Ms. Walensky expressed concern about a 5% drop in the rate of children getting flu shots, and said the flu "could be especially dangerous for children." with children”.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet, and the potential for both flu and COVID-19 to co-exist could put additional strain on hospitals and frontline health professionals,” Ms. Walensky said in a press release. Influenza causes 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year and kills 12,000 to 52,000, according to Ms. Walensky.Data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows about 78% of hospital beds. and intensive care unit beds are being used across the country, and the states of Idaho and Alaska have both established crisis care standards to help overcrowded hospitals.

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