Flu season is upon us and with it comes a unique scenario of having the added risk of COVID-19. As you likely are aware, the flu season in Australia and New Zealand were at record lows as a result of the precautionary measures taken related to COVID-19. My hope is that we will be able to mimic those results by continuing to be diligent with our mask compliance, handwashing, and social distancing. However, that alone will not eliminate the risk of flu completely, of course. Therefore, I think it is critically important to take additional measures to combat the flu. The flu vaccine, according to the CDC, has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations, can reduce hospitalizations for individuals with chronic health problems, and can reduce the severity of illness in those that still contract the flu despite being vaccinated. In addition to those benefits, it can certainly help protect those around you who may be more at risk for complications from the flu, even if you are not at high-risk. Let’s all continue to stay dedicated to our compliance with COVID-19 precautionary measures and do our best to mitigate the spread of these deadly viruses. As always, if you receive any diagnoses, I ask that you notify me and keep me updated so I can support you as your Medical Response Director.
Blake Honiotes, BSN, RN, CCRN
Medical Response Director