Why This Year's Flu Vaccine Will Be So Vital in the Fight Against COVID-19

Why This Year's Flu Vaccine Will Be So Vital in the Fight Against COVID-19

Oct 08 2020

While the world awaits a proven COVID-19 vaccine, medical experts are turning their attention to a shot that’s long been a key component in the public health toolbox: the flu vaccine.

Experts hope this year’s flu shot can help prevent an influenza epidemic paired with another wave of coronavirus, which could overwhelm hospitals and lead to general confusion, given that it can be difficult to tell a COVID-19 infection from a case of the flu. This flu season is also something of a dress rehearsal for the eventual rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine amid the ongoing pandemic, allowing doctors, nurses and pharmacists a chance to get more people comfortable with the idea of a vaccine while also finding safe ways to inoculate people without spreading the coronavirus.

Source: Time