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The Government Is Urging Everyone to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, October 15, 2022 4:18 pm

The Government Is Urging Everyone to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

Officials are urging people to get flu shots if the season is bad.

CDC’s Dr. Alicia Fry said influenza is impossible to predict, but this season could be worse.

“The United States has had little influenza activity since 2020, making it ripe for a severe season,” said Fry, chief of the CDC Influenza Division’s Epidemiology and Prevention Branch.

Flu activity is increasing across the country, with the most significant growth in the southeast and south-central regions.

Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and California saw substantial flu activity.

Hospitals are preparing for a “more regular flu season,” says American Hospital Association’s Nancy Foster.

Foster said the flu had decreased in recent years because of COVID-19. Wearing masks or avoiding public places prevented COVID and the flu, she claimed.

Foster said hospitals are “ramping up our ability to confront flu season” and that flu and COVID could surge this winter as people quit pandemic-prevention routines.

Since the pandemic began, Fry said flu activity is less predictable. Flu activity peaks between December and February, but might linger until May, she said.

The CDC is concerned about a reduction in flu vaccinations, especially among young children and pregnant women.

She said they fear complacency. They fear vaccination weariness or bewilderment.

Fry wants people to take the flu seriously and get vaccinated.

Fry: “Everyone should be immunized by October.”

Fry responded, “Better late than never.” Vaccinations are recommended in November or later because flu peaks in February and can last until May.

Credits: Fox Reno

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