Flu Season Could Coincide With COVID-19 2nd Wave: Everything You Need to Know

September 2, 2020
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    While experts still raise concerns about a potential second wave of coronavirus cases, many are wondering if it could happen at the same time as the annual flu season.

    Flu shots are an important first step in curbing the blow, and many health experts are urging as many people as possible to get these vaccines to help with the pandemic.

    "Vaccines are one of the most powerful tools we have in science and modern medicine," Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ABC News.

    While the flu shot won't protect those vaccinated against the coronavirus, it could prevent those who receive it from getting seriously ill with both the flu and coronavirus.

    Here are some commonly asked questions about the flu shot and flu season, according to Good Morning America:

    Is it too early to get the flu shot?

    According to the CDC, the best time to get a flu shot is September or October. Because the shot lasts around six months, this will ensure that your shot covers you for the duration of the flu season.

    That being said, getting a flu shot in August is better than not getting one at all.

    Where can you get a flu shot?

    Getting a flu shot will require you to venture out to a doctor's office or local pharmacy. Some options require you to schedule an appointment in advance.

    While it may not be ideal to go out to get the flu shot amid the coronavirus pandemic, proper precautions such as wearing a face mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing should keep you safe from the coronavirus, allowing you to safely receive your flu shot.

    How much do flu shots cost?

    Flu shots, in general, can cost between nothing and $40. Those covered by insurance will likely have to pay very small sums, if anything at all.

    Luckily for many, Medicare B covers one flu vaccine per season.

    Will this year's flu season be particularly bad?

    The severity of this year's flu season is impossible to predict. Experts have studied Australia - where the flu season is from June to August - and noted that it was particularly mild, likely due to the large numbers of people staying home to avoid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Flu cases in Australia are lower than they were at this time in previous years.

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