GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — The U.S. saw between twenty-four thousand and sixty-two thousand deaths last year because of the flu.
This year with another contagious virus ripping through communities across the country, local health officials say the risk of flu shouldn’t be ignored.
Allison Sanchez, with Mesa County Public Health, says, “a lot of concern around COVID, just remembering that flu doesn’t go away, flu is still a virus that is in the Valley and we need to make sure we are protecting ourselves.”
That protection comes in the form of vaccines, and health officials warn there could be an uptick in flu cases this year.
Sanchez also says, “we do anticipate though that we will have a more active season this year and so again that flu vaccines very important for the community.”
The vaccines don’t just protect us.
Sanchez added, “the other part to remember, we’re not just protecting ourselves, we’re protecting the people around us who can’t get vaccinated”
Sanchez also says, “you can always catch multiple viruses at the same time, that’s why it’s so important to vaccinate against everything you can vaccinate against so you can prevent those things from happening.”
Health officials have given the green light for residents to receive both vaccines, even less than 24 hours apart.
Sanchez added, “you can get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine on the same day at this point, you can get them both whenever you’re ready, and active flu season starts in October, so it’s a good time to start planning for that now.”
For more information visit https://health.mesacounty.us/.