FDA Reminds Frontline Workers Of Taking Flu Shot

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At the onset of flu season in the U.S., the Food and drug administration cautions that taking a flu shot for the frontline workers is more important this time around than ever before.

In the U.S., Influenza, or commonly known as the flu is on the list of top ten leading causes of death.

As the Covid-19 pandemic, which has no treatment or vaccine available until now, is not showing any signs of abating, vaccination against flu becomes vital. Getting a flu shot reduces the risk of flu hospitalizations, thereby saving medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the last season, that is from October 1, 2019, through April 4, 2020, flu caused 410,000 - 740,000 hospitalizations and 24,000 - 62,000 deaths.

Since frontline workers constitute the backbone of the society, getting a flu shot helps them to stay healthy during this pandemic situation, when their services are indispensable.

"When an essential worker gets a flu shot, they protect themselves, their families, co-workers, and their communities. Healthy workers help to ensure the availability of a safe and nutritious food supply," the FDA said.

As it takes two weeks to develop immunity after vaccination, it is advisable to get a flu shot as early as possible, before the disease spread to the community, the FDA pointed out.

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