ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — With flu season around the corner and the pandemic already hospitalizing thousands across the country, officials are increasingly urging people to get their flu shots this year.
“If you ever were going to get the flu shot, this is the year to get it,” said Olmsted County Director of Public Health Services Graham Briggs.
Officials say one of the biggest reasons to get it during a pandemic is to help conserve hospital space.
“At times during what we call a bad flu year some hospitals can start getting really taxed for room and staff and things like that,” Briggs said.
Officials say the whole reason many businesses were shut down in the spring and early summer, was to build up hospital space for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases. Add in a bad flue season and health care systems could be completely overrun. Officials also say we can do our part to help keep the systems stable by getting the flu vaccine.
“Part of the reason is to help people who can’t get the flu shot and it’s also to protect those that have illnesses and they will get the flu worse,” said Freeborn County Director of Public Health Sue Yost.
Check with your healthcare provider about where you can get your flu shot this year.