Health Matters

Flu Season 2020: What To Know

Guest: Brian C. Reed, M.D.

Flu season is upon us and we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Brian C. Reed, Professor & Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine, explains what you need to know.

“There is an expected peak in influenza activity between December and February. The number one recommended way to prevent infection with the flu virus is getting a flu vaccine. With COVID-19 circulating in our communities, getting a flu vaccine this year will be more important than ever. Annually, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older get a flu vaccine by October. This will help to prevent illness and reduce the number of hospitalizations & deaths related to flu this fall and winter.”

“However, the flu vaccine will not help to prevent infection with COVID-19. And it is possible to get infections with both COVID-19 and influenza during this flu season. Therefore, we must continue to practice social distancing, frequent hand washing and use of face masks when out in public and stay home if you feel ill.”

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