Why healthcare professionals say you should get the flu shot

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – 64% of eligible South Dakotans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and now booster doses are available for many people.

But that’s not the only reason to roll up our sleeves right now.

Flu season usually begins in October and ends in April, although flu viruses can circulate year-round.

The South Dakota Department of Health says COVID-19 mitigation has helped keep cases low during the 2020-21 flu season.

However, despite the drop in the number of cases, you are still encouraged to get your flu shot, as the Department of Health expects the next flu season to be similar to previous years when it circulated widely. .

Jill Schuneman gets the flu shot for different reasons, including advice from some special doctors in her life.

“We have two girls who work at Avera Hospital who are doctors and they say, ‘It’s time for you to get your flu shot,'” said Jill Schuneman of Sioux Falls.

Now the Sioux Falls woman can tick that off her list after getting the shot in Lewis.

Pharmacist Brooke Nibbelink says it’s especially important to get vaccinated now as the battle against COVID-19 spreads.

“We really want to protect against all respiratory illnesses, both flu and coronavirus,” said Lewis pharmacist Brooke Nibbelink.

According to the CDC, everyone six months and older should get the flu shot every season, with rare exceptions.

“Especially those who are older adults and who would potentially be at higher risk of getting a serious flu infection, but really everyone, even if you’re a healthy young adult, if you don’t get it for yourself- likewise, get it to protect your loved ones around you who may be more vulnerable to the flu in your community,” Nibbelink said.

Nibbelink says the hope is to get people vaccinated before the end of October.

You can get your flu and COVID-19 shots at the same visit.

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