Myth: Flu numbers have been lower in recent years. This flu season might be the same. So, that means I can skip the flu shot this year.
Fact. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the last couple years, flu numbers in some areas were lower. With restrictions lifting, flu numbers are expected to rise. Even with COVID-19 restrictions, some parts of the country reported increased flu cases.
We expect the flu and COVID-19 to keep spreading. So, you could get the flu or COVID-19 by itself, or both at the same time. That’s why it’s still important to get the flu shot this year.
If you haven’t had your COVID-19 shots or boosters yet, make appointments to get that and your flu shot. The shots can help you stay healthy or lower your chances of getting very sick from these viruses. You can also get your COVID-19 and flu shots at the same visit.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021-2022 U.S. Flu Season: Preliminary In-Season Burden Estimates. Accessed September 2, 2022.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2022-2023 Season. Accessed September 2, 2022.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Accessed September 2, 2022.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19. Accessed September 2, 2022.
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.