COVID-19 makes it even more vital to get your flu shot

If a virus threatened our state and we had a vaccine to protect us, most of us would get the shot, right? Not if the 2018-2019 flu season is any indication. Last fall/winter, only 47.9% of the Texas population received a flu shot and the U.S. vaccination rate was 49.2%.

The COVID-19 pandemic should be motivation enough to change our behavior and get the flu shot this year, said UT Health San Antonio primary care director Ramon Cancino, MD, MS, FAAFP.

“Unless there are medical considerations that make a flu shot inadvisable, we must all get them,” Dr. Cancino said. “In doing so, we can come together as a team to help our entire community.”

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