Health care export says flu shot is important now more than ever

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)- While influenza viruses circulate year-round, what will this flu season look like amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, most flu activity peaks between December and February.

One of the biggest challenges going into this season is how to differentiate between coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms.

Since both viruses show similar signs when acquired, health care experts recommend the flu shot especially among the most vulnerable population, the old and the very young. 

“This has been a long standing recommendation but in the context of this pandemic, we have a reliable flu vaccine that has very little side effects and can decrease your risk of having hospitalized influenza complications and dying from influenza,” said Dr. Stephanie Dittmer a Family Medicine Physician. “So, that is a huge thing that we need to make sure everybody really gets out and has their vaccine for influenza.”

Dr. Dittmer also recommends to avoid waiting until symptoms worsen. Those with symptoms should call their primary health care provider as soon as possible.