Is it autumn already? It have to be, as a result of some spots within the Ozarks noticed temperatures within the 40s this week. Higher get the fuzzy blanket out of the closet.
Autumn additionally brings the arrival of “flu season,” which must be put in scare quotes as a result of there’s by no means a season in which you’ll’t get the flu. However as individuals huddle extra indoors within the cooler climate, that is the time of 12 months when the flu begins peaking, and will not cease till after the Tremendous Bowl.
This 12 months it is additional essential to get a flu vaccine. (So long as sure lawmakers consider it is actual. And even when they do not.)
For starters, Arkansas’ hospitals are overrun with unvaccinated covid-19 sufferers. So in case your flu case occurs to be dire, it will be that rather more troublesome to get the emergency care you want. And do not count on mercy from hospitals within the states round us, as a result of they’re in the identical unvaccinated boat.
Covid-19 an infection charges are nonetheless excessive, though dropping in Arkansas. And nearly as good because the vaccines are, there are nonetheless breakthrough circumstances. You do not need to put your immune system by the stress of getting flu and covid-19 on the identical time. Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 need in your lungs within the worst methods. Emphasis on worst.
For these nervous about any nasty results between the covid-19 vaccine and flu vaccine, concern not. Medical specialists know what they’re speaking about.
“Residents mustn’t hesitate to get the flu vaccine this 12 months, along with covid-19 immunization, [Fayetteville’s] public well being officer instructed the Board of Well being on Wednesday,” one article reads.
“Individuals who haven’t but gotten immunized towards covid-19 can get the shot concurrently their yearly flu vaccine, mentioned Marti Sharkey, town’s public well being officer. She likened getting each photographs on the identical time to how youngsters get a number of vaccinations earlier than beginning college.”
There you could have it. You will get the flu vaccine with out having to be nervous that it will trigger some type of incident if it mixes along with your covid-19 vaccination. And you understand what else the flu vaccine has in widespread with the covid-19 vaccine, other than serving to to maintain you alive? Your insurance coverage probably covers the price, making it free. Thank goodness insurance coverage firms found out it is cheaper to forestall illness than to deal with it afterward.
It’s possible you’ll hear arguments towards the flu vaccine citing decrease numbers of infections throughout final season, and it is true that there was a drop in infections. Here is extra from the Harvard T.H. Chan Faculty of Public Well being:
“The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) not too long ago reported that it had logged 1,316 optimistic flu circumstances in its surveillance community between September 2020 and the tip of January 2021. Throughout that very same interval final 12 months, the CDC had recorded almost 130,000 circumstances.”
However numbers with out context are about as helpful as a guard canine that barks at every part. The precise purpose for a drop in flu infections final 12 months was probably due to masks mandates and social distancing pointers. That is unlikely to guard of us this 12 months, as a lot of locations have rolled such rules again.
So whilst you’re ready on Uncle Sam to resolve on booster photographs, get that flu shot.
Getting again to these boosters. That is additionally price your consideration. Uncle Sam is within the strategy of deciding who will get a 3rd dose of the Pfizer shot proper now.
Not everybody might be eligible for a booster straight away, as America takes a extra restricted method than locations like Israel and Britain with third doses.
It is not a good time to get sick. Docs and nurses are pushed to their restrict throughout the nation. That is been true for greater than a 12 months. And it is to not say they do not need to deal with sick individuals, however everybody has their limits. The spirit could also be prepared, however the flesh is weak.
So what you are doing by getting your booster and/or flu vaccine is telling docs and nurses you are going to do every part you probably can to not find yourself in one among their intensive care models. And since these vaccines accomplish this with out taking cash immediately out of your pockets, that appears like a reasonably whole lot.