Flu is a potentially fatal illness, especially for:
- Older adults
- People with chronic heart and lung issues
- People who are immunocompromised, such as from chemotherapy treatment for cancer
- Pregnant women
Last year, flu cases were lower than usual because of COVID precautions in place across the country: people worked from home, avoided crowds, and often school days/sessions were virtual, so there were fewer opportunities for flu virus to spread. But while flu was less prevalent in 2019-2020, it still impacted many people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates flu caused, conservatively, nearly half a million hospitalizations and up to 62,000 deaths in the United States.
In 2021, with schools and businesses opening up, there is a greater chance that this flu season will result in more cases of the flu. And at the same time, we are seeing a concerning rise in the number of COVID cases in our hospitals and in the community. So, a flu shot is a great way to help protect you and those around you. The CDC web site offers comprehensive information about influenza and vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/. Below is a summary of the most frequently asked questions we receive about flu and vaccination. Your personal physician is also a valuable and trusted resource for information and most familiar with your health concerns; do not hesitate to reach out to them for guidance.