As you know the 2020-2021 flu season is upon us. The CDC believes it is likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading. For the upcoming flu season, flu vaccination will be critical in reducing the frequency and impact of respiratory illnesses, and help reduce the burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. Communicating the importance of the flu vaccine to your patients, as well as, educating them on the safety precautions you are taking, can help provide reassurance to those who may otherwise be hesitant to get their flu shot.
Health care professionals are the best and most trusted source of vaccine information and advice. Discussing flu vaccine safety issues and concerns with your patients, can make all the difference. Your patients put a lot of faith in your recommendations and guidance. You can help dispel myths and reassure your patients with a little bit of education.
Healthcare providers should use every opportunity during the flu season to administer influenza vaccines to all eligible persons. The CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.