Resurgent flu season could be around corner

Star Staff
Thursday, September 16, 2021

As days get shorter and the COVID-19 pandemic charges into a second fall season in the United States, another infectious disease is lurking.

“I am worried about a potential spike in influenza,” said Dr. Seth Cohen, medical director of infection prevention at University of Washington (UW) Medical Center in Seattle.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone get vaccinated against the flu by the end of October, according to a UW press release. Cohen says facing this year’s flu season should feel familiar.

“The best thing to do to prevent that are all the other things that we’re doing to prevent COVID: masking, handwashing and vaccinations,” Cohen said.

Contact your healthcare provider to schedule a flu shot appointment. If you haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s safe to get both shots at once.

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