NCDHHS Announces First Flu-Related Death of the 2020-21 Flu Season
Oct 18 2020
Jeanine Guidry, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who studies health news on social media, said, "There is so much misinformation out there about Covid and I really believe this is spreading to the flu".
Complications from the flu leads to an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 deaths in Canada annually, Dr. Hoyano said.
Influenza season is just around the corner, and in the world of a pandemic that mimics several similar symptoms to COVID-19, this could pose a problem.
Health officials are anxious that the combination of both viruses will cause serious health problems nationwide. For patients experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), NMDOH recommends New Mexicans get both a flu and a COVID-19 test. The flu vaccine is always important especially this year because of the COVID pandemic, especially for vulnerable people. Some hospitals in the state are short on inpatient bed space and staff amid surging COVID-19 case numbers. Individuals receiving a flu shot should wear a mask and remain in their vehicles. Despite the limited data now available on outcomes from co-infection with the two viruses, insights from the roundtable highlighted that the impact on patients and the United States public health system could be catastrophic.
"It is very important to get the shot now more than ever", Dr. Ascher said.
However, it is necessary to be careful because when this coinfection occurs, devastating consequences.
She noted almost 300 people were hospitalized on Vancouver Island were hospitalized due to last year's flu season.
If Shopper Drug Mart is out of the flu shot, you can set a 'Flu Shot reminder.' While they will take walk-ins, the company advises customers to make an appointment as they do book up and you might not be able to get a shot when you come in.
To prevent New Mexico hospitals from being further overwhelmed by influenza cases, the New Mexico Department of Health says everyone aged 6 months and up should get a flu shot.
"There is no overlap in the structure of the virus, so one vaccine will not help the other", said Fuller.
A national study by the University of MI found that one in three parents plans to skip the flu vaccine for their children this year, with mothers and fathers citing misinformation including the belief that it is not effective as the reason.
The health department is developing a program to send out teams of community vaccinators across the city to give out free flu shots.
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