A flu shot doesn’t always protect you. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever.
CLOSE Both the flu and coronavirus can be deadly. Experts emphasize the importance of getting a flu shot before flu season. USA TODAYGetting a flu vaccine this year is even more important than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public health officials.”We should push for massive uptake of the vaccine this year,” said John Brownstein, who tracks outbreaks around the world as chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Everyone who is eligible should get it.”Producers are boosting supplies of the flu vaccine this year to meet what they expect will be higher demand. CVS stores have the flu vaccine in stock, and vaccines are available as of Monday at Walgreens. Vaccine maker Sanofi plans to hold a news conference Monday morning announcing that it will produce 15% more vaccine than in a normal year. “Flu vaccines work, and they can take a big burden off our medical infrastructure,” John Shiver, global head of vaccines research and development for the company, said last week. “Let’s keep people out of the hospital with flu while we deal with a likely upswing in COVID infections.”The flu shot isn’t always effective, but it’s much better than nothing, said Shira Doron, an infectious disease physician and