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Warning of Potential “Twindemic,” Public Health Officials Press for Early Flu Vaccination

August 25, 2020

The expected severity of the 2020-21 flu season is not yet known, but there is growing concern that even a mild flu strain could have a compounding impact because of COVID-19. As a result, public health officials are urging early and widespread influenza vaccination.
 
In spite of CDC recommendations that patients continue to receive immunizations even during the pandemic, there is evidence that important vaccinations are being missed due to COVID-19. Skipped doctor visits and missed vaccinations could increase the risk of a flu outbreak because fewer people are inoculated.
 
One silver lining to COVID-19? The CDC reports that heightened social distancing due to COVID-19 might help to limit influenza transmission.
 
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