CNCHD officials: flu shot more important this year

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 10:18 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It’s almost flu season and Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) officials said it’s more important this year people get the flu vaccine during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We never know what we’re going to face in flu season. Some years are always worse than others. So they are predicting that we could have unusually high seasonal flu this year, which is of course really challenging and really dangerous when we already have a pandemic going on with COVID-19,” CNCHD Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said.

Though the flu shot won’t prevent the flu, it reduces one’s chance of catching it.

While there is no vaccine for COVID-19, the flu shot can help protect you from getting both viruses at the same time.

Bloom said it’s not quite time to get the vaccine. It’s best people get it after Oct. 1 so it protects them through the spring season.

“You want to make sure that you don’t get it too early because then your immunity wouldn’t last through the spring, which is typically the harder hit flu season,” she said.

Bloom also said CNCHD will be hosting its annual flu shot clinics but details haven’t yet been finalized. They are likely to be drive-in clinics due to the pandemic.

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