Flu season is here, and with COVID-19 cases climbing, doctors say now it is more important than ever to get a flu shot.
Dr. Audrey Stevenson, Director of Family Health for the Salt Lake County Health Department says each year in the United States we see up to 80-thousand flu deaths and a 250-thousand flu related hospitalizations.
As a physician, mother, and grandmother, Dr. Stevenson has spent years researching the safety and efficacy of vaccines. She says the flu vaccine has been thoroughly researched and used safely for nearly 40 years.
Dr. Stevenson says that it's important people from 6 months of age and up get a flu shot yearly, but this year it is especially crucial to keep more people out of the hospital. Getting vaccinated against the flu will also reduce your risk of potentially contracting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could exacerbate either one of those illnesses.
If you haven't been vaccinated yet, the Salt Lake County Health Department can provide a free flu shot while supplies last. Tap here for locations and additional information.