Last year’s flu statistics were amazingly low, which was fortunate considering that many medical professionals and experts feared a “twindemic.” What may have led to the shift in numbers were the steps that were taken to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Last year was the first in history in which we spent our flu season out of work and school, masking, keeping our distance from others, and washing our hands far more often. There was also a record flu vaccination rate last year. Even with a high rate of vaccinations this year, we should be aware of our risks for both the flu and COVID-19. Here, we’ll discuss a few points we want you to know.
How to Prepare for Flu Season
Many people began preparing for flu season a few months ago. Some of the steps they may have taken, and that can still be taken, include:
- Getting tested. It is possible to get testing for the flu and for COVID at the same time. It is highly uncommon to have both types of infection simultaneously.
- Get vaccinated. It is possible to get the flu vaccine and the COVID vaccine at the same time. This is different from last year, when experts recommended a 10-day period in between the two.
- Stay vigilant. One of the concerns about last year’s lower flu rate is that there is less herd immunity against some flu strains.
- Stay masked. Even if you have gotten your flu and COVID vaccine, you can benefit from wearing your mask in public. This can protect you from many airborne microbes.
Tips that Stand the Test of Time
While COVID has changed some of the ways that we approach immune boosting and flu prevention, some strategies may always remain the same. Keep in mind:
- Prevention. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If you feel the sniffles or a cough, stay home for a few days to rest and recuperate. If you must go out, wear your mask and keep a safe distance between you and others.
- Treatment. The same flu treatments that worked before COVID still work today. It is best to begin any course of treatment right away after symptoms begin. Healthcare providers may recommend taking recommended dosages of zinc, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin C until symptoms improve.
A lot of people still feel unsettled about our regular flu season and how it may coexist with COVID-19. The best way to quell fear is with information. If you have questions or concerns about the flu and how to manage your risks, turn to reliable sources. A conversation with your doctor may go a long way in keeping you healthy and calm. For information regarding the departments or services at Summit Healthcare, contact us today.