Year after year we’re reminded by TV commercials and posters hanging up in CVS – “it’s time to get your flu shot.” You may have brushed it off as unnecessary in the past but this year, getting the flu shot is crucial.
With COVID-19 cases rising across the country, the CDC says getting a flu shot this year “is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season.”
As we’ve seen throughout this country during the pandemic, an uptick in hospitalizations happens whenever cases rise. Most symptoms you may experience with the flu are inline with the Coronavirus as well. Hospital beds, ventilators, and ICU rooms may rise in occupation as COVID cases are rising. During flu season, people who may need to be hospitalized could also need hospital beds, ventilators, and ICU rooms. Since there is no vaccine for the Coronavirus yet, getting the flu vaccine this season is important to ensure those hospital resources are available to COVID patients.
In Massachusetts, it is required that residents and in-person students attending BSU get a flu vaccine and show proof of vaccination before December 31. The Wellness Center does offer flu shots for BSU students. For students who aren’t living on campus and don’t want to travel too far, ask your doctor about getting the vaccine or you can find locations near you at vaccinefinder.org. The flu vaccine is free under most insurance plans.
Keeping ourselves and the community safe and healthy this season is vital to getting through this pandemic. We can help medical frontline workers by not overwhelming them more than necessary by continuing the safety practices we’ve been following.
Continue to wear a mask, safely distance ourselves from others, avoid crowds and parties, wash your hands, and get your flu vaccine if you can.
If you have any questions about what type of vaccination you should get and whether or not the flu vaccine is right for you, please reach out to your doctor or ask the wellness center.