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Stay healthy! Get a flu shot

Posted November 11, 2020 2:59 p.m. EST
Updated November 11, 2020 5:59 p.m. EST

You’ve heard the message, but have you acted on it?

Get your flu shot, not just for the flu but also to possibly help with COVID-19.

Health experts say the flu vaccine can help with both, in different ways.

We’re masked and distanced, but people are still getting COVID, and now flu cases are showing up locally.

Health experts urge everyone to do everything possible to stay healthy. That includes getting a flu shot. They say the better your overall health, the less likely you are to have severe complications from COVID if you’re infected.

“The flu shot won’t reduce your risk of getting COVID-19, but it will cut your risk of getting the flu. And even if you do get the flu, if you’ve had the flu shot, you’re also less likely to get severely sick or need to be hospitalized," says Catherine Roberts, Consumer Reports’ Health Editor.

No one wants to be in the hospital.

And keep in mind, if you test positive for the flu, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that you could also have COVID-19.

The symptoms are very similar.

The one flag with COVID is that loss of taste and smell.

Call your doctor to schedule an appointment for a flu shot, or go to one of the many pharmacies offering them.

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