As temperatures cool and college students return to lecture rooms amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, flu season has arrived as soon as once more.

Officials are urging Americans to get their photographs and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dir. Rochelle Walensky mentioned final week that whereas she is aware of individuals are “tired of talking about vaccines,” it’s nonetheless “doubly important this year” to get a shot.


Flu cases have dropped to traditionally low ranges in the course of the pandemic, with coronavirus restrictions blocking different respiratory viruses. 

However, with faculties and companies reopened, there isn’t any telling how dangerous a flu season the U.S. can anticipate this winter and officers are nervous as a result of a distinct respiratory virus – RSV – got here again final summer time.

Annual flu vaccinations are recommended for just about everybody, beginning with six-month-old infants. 

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, file photograph, a affected person receives an influenza vaccine in Mesquite, Texas. Amid all of the concentrate on COVID-19 vaccinations, U.S. well being specialists have one other plea: Don’t skip your flu shot.  With U.S. faculties and companies reopened, worldwide journey resuming and much much less masking this fall, flu is probably going to make a comeback. 
(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Influenza is most harmful for adults over age 65, kids underneath age 5, individuals with continual well being issues and pregnant individuals.

The CDC encourages individuals to get their vaccines by the top of October. 

Last fall, about as many Americans total bought their flu vaccination as they did prior to the pandemic: about half of the eligible inhabitants.

The CDC expects vaccine makers to ship 188 million to 200 million doses of flu vaccine, which most Americans with medical health insurance can get with out a co-pay. A document almost 194 million doses have been distributed final winter.

Options embody regulars photographs and a nasal spray and all supply safety in opposition to 4 totally different flu strains that specialists predict are the most definitely to unfold this yr.

Officials have additionally urged older adults and people with continual sicknesses to inquire about getting a vaccine in opposition to a kind of pneumonia that could be a frequent complication.

In addition, the CDC says additionally it is OK to get a flu vaccine and a GOVID-19 vaccine on the identical time.

Flu, a contagious respiratory sickness attributable to influenza viruses, infects the nostril, throat and lungs. 

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The CDC notes that whereas the flu could cause gentle to extreme sickness, it may possibly typically lead to demise.

Flu symptoms embody fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nostril, muscle or physique aches, complications, fatigue and a few individuals might having vomiting and diarrhea.

About 8% of the U.S. inhabitants will get sick from the flu every season, the CDC says, with a variety between 3% and 11% relying on the season.

While there are influenza antiviral medication that can be utilized to deal with the flu, the company says the drugs are not a substitute for the vaccine: one of the best ways to assist forestall seasonal flu and its doubtlessly critical issues.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.