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One Unitypoint Pediatrician says it’s a crucial year to get your flu shot

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(KWWL) - With summer changing into fall, flu season is approaching. Now that more medical practices and pharmacies are offering the vaccine, UnityPoint Pediatrician, Dr. Claudia Vicetti, is urging everyone to get their flu shot.

"I think it is absolutely important that everybody gets their flu shot especially this year," Dr. Vicetti said, "when we already have people falling very ill with COVID."

Given that this will be the first time dealing with the flu and COVID-19, Dr. Vicetti listed off reasons why it is crucial to get the flu vaccine.

REASONS:

  • fear of overwhelming the healthcare system
  • patients co-infected with flu and Coronavirus
  • defend the best you can during this time

Knowing there are hesitations towards the flu vaccine, blaming it makes people sick, Dr. Vicetti wants to reassure people the flu shot is beneficial and it will help our community.

"We know that it reduces your chances from 40% to 60%. So still 100 % versus 40%, there's still a significant difference," Dr. Vicetti said, "it's still important that you reduce those risks because when you look at it as a population that's a lot less people getting sick with this."

With the healthcare system recommending everyone to be vaccinated by October, Dr. Vicetti is recommending infants and young children to get their shots now, in order to be on track for their boosters.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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