Flu season 2021: What to know

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Most Americans with health insurance can get a dose of flu vaccine without a co-pay

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As temperatures cool and students return to classes amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, flu season has arrived once again.

Officials are urging Americans to take their shots and the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rochelle Valensky said last week that while she knows people are “tired of talking about vaccines,” it’s “doubly important this year” to still get a shot.

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Fauci says COVID-19 pandemic remains undiagnosed as 66 million uninfected

flu cases down Coronavirus restrictions block other respiratory viruses, to historically low levels during the pandemic.

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However, with schools and businesses reopening, there’s no telling how bad the US can expect flu season to be this winter and officials are worried because a different respiratory virus – RSV – came back last summer. Was.

Have annual flu vaccinations recommended for almost everyone, starting with babies of six months.

Influenza is most dangerous for adults over the age of 65, children under the age of five, people with chronic health problems, and those who are pregnant.

The CDC encourages people to get their vaccines by the end of October.

Last fall, overall, as many Americans got the flu vaccine as they did before the pandemic: nearly half of the eligible population.

The CDC expects vaccine manufacturers to distribute 188 million to 200 million doses of the flu vaccine, which is more than most Americans with health insurance can get without a co-pay. A record nearly 194 million doses were delivered last winter.

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Options include the regular shot and a nasal spray and all offer protection against the four different flu strains that experts predict are most likely to spread this year.

Officials are urging older adults and people with chronic illnesses to inquire about receiving a vaccine against a type of pneumonia that is a frequent complication.

In addition, the CDC says it’s okay to get a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.

flu, a contagious A respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus, infects the nose, throat, and lungs.

The CDC notes that the flu can cause mild to severe illness, but it can sometimes lead to death.

flu symptoms Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea.

The CDC says that about 8% of the US population gets sick with the flu each season, a range between 3% and 11% depending on the season.

While there are influenza antiviral drugs that can be used to treat the flu, the agency says that Medications are not an option For vaccines: The best way to help prevent the seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications.


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