The flu shot is important every year, but there are a couple of (very) good reasons to get your flu shot this year, for both personal and public health reasons.
Let's start with the personal. Because different viruses cause the flu and COVID-19, there's a possibility of co-infection. Yes—that means you can have both at the same time.
Information on COVID‐19 and influenza co-infection is limited, and public health experts don't know how dangerous it may be. But, chances are, it's not great.
"Getting a flu shot lowers the chances you'll get influenza—and if you do, it will most likely be a milder infection," says ZoomCare’s Dr. Vanderlip. "We have no idea what co-infection with flu and COVID would be like, but a flu vaccine reduces your chances of finding out. Plus, getting vaccinated helps limit the spread of coronavirus by preventing extra trips to the doctor."
Another reason to get the shot? If we can prevent people from catching the flu, we can ease the burden on our healthcare system. That way, our hospitals are free and clear to help COVID-19 patients.