LINCOLN – It is never too late to receive an influenza vaccine this flu season. Influenza and the Coronavirus could simultaneously spread this winter. This could cause serious issues for hospitals.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 105,000 hospitalizations and 6,300 deaths were prevented by the flu vaccine last winter.
Influenza is more dangerous for those with certain underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or asthma. Even if these conditions are under control, the flu can trigger complications relating to these ailments. The flu could lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma attacks, increased risk of stroke, or blood sugar complications.
Encouragement to stay home has led to people being less likely to use routine preventative services like vaccines. Staying on top of vaccinations will help any community by de-stressing the healthcare system.
There are some groups who are highly urged to receive an influenza vaccination. Essential workers, especially health care personnel should get vaccinated. Those who are at increased risk regarding COVID-19 should get vaccinated. Likewise, infants and young children, children with neurologic conditions, and pregnant women should get vaccinated.
Most primary care providers, local pharmacies, and big-box stores carry the flu vaccine. Almost all insurance policies cover this vaccine. To find a location near you, visit Vaccinefinder.