Duke Well being’s physician encourages folks to get each a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu shot
DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – While there has been a lot of pressure on people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the flu shot is also available.
“We were really worried last year that we were going to have this twin epidemic of COVID and flu. What happened in the end was that there was no flu season. Not much of one, “said Dr. Thomas Holland from Duke Health.
Holland said this is because people were doing things to protect themselves from COVID-19, which was helping against the flu.
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He just said the flu wasn’t going anywhere. It’s still there. Holland said behaviors, such as wearing masks, could have an impact on flu numbers.
However, could we see an increase in people going out to get the flu vaccine?
“Of course we’re all more comfortable with it because it’s been around for a while. Hopefully this will help with an uptrend. The fact is, the flu shot is not as effective as the COVID-19 vaccines are actually, ”explained Holland.
“The COVID vaccines are effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalization. Even better than the flu shot, ”he added.
A new study shows that the flu shot can offer significant protection against some of the most serious complications of coronavirus infection.
Researchers at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine found that a simple flu shot lowers the risk of stroke, sepsis, and blood clots in patients with COVID-19.
The study also shows that COVID-19 patients who have received the flu shot are also less likely to go to the hospital or intensive care unit.
“I would not expect or expect the flu vaccination to protect you from COVID or that the COVID vaccination will protect you from the flu. I think the right message is that these are two different infections. We have vaccines that work for each of them, ”said Holland.
Holland said this means your best choice is to get both a COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot.