Californians can help prevent a 'twin-demic' with yearly flu shot

(BPT) - COVID-19 and wildfires aren’t the only things Californians are trying to avoid right now. It’s also flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 38 million Americans got sick with the flu last year. The good news, however, is that people this year have already adopted a strict handwashing and mask-wearing regimen due to COVID-19. In addition, many workers and children aren’t piling into offices and schools — places where viruses can easily spread.

Even so, a flu vaccine is a critical component to avoiding the “twin-demic” — having both the flu and coronavirus at once. It’s recommended that in September or October you get the flu vaccine. However, getting vaccinated at all is what’s important. Experts say to do it as long as the virus stays around, which could mean into January.

While the flu vaccine won’t protect you against coronavirus, it can:

  1. Reduce the risk of you getting the flu.
  2. Lower your chance of getting seriously ill and being in the hospital.
  3. Help conserve critical healthcare resources during COVID-19.

“This year, people might have to take an extra step to get vaccinated, but it’s very important to do so,” said Dr. Alex Chen. He’s the Chief Medical Officer at Health Net, which provides health coverage to more than 3 million Californians. “Due to COVID-19, workplaces that normally offer on-site flu vaccines might not this year. Also, the vulnerable population might resist going out to get the vaccine during the pandemic. Decide where to get your vaccination. Make an appointment if you need to. You can visit a doctor’s office, local health department or health clinic. Some pharmacies are also administering flu shots.”

Or, find out when Health Net’s traveling RV will be in your area. You can get your flu shot on the spot. Visit Healthnet.com for additional information and the RV schedule. Some upcoming locations include:

Date

Time

Location

10/16

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

San Fernando Middle School
130 N. Brand Blvd.
San Fernando, CA

10/17

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Consulate General of Mexico
2093 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

10/18

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Maple Neighborhood Center
3301 37th Ave.
Sacramento, CA

10/20

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Perez CTC
4540 Michigan Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

10/21

8 a.m. – Noon

St. Paul Baptist Church
3996 14th Ave.
Sacramento, CA