MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Have you gotten to flu shot?
Flu season is right around the corner. Health leaders told FOX13 Fall could become a major issue when COVID-19 meets the flu. But some experts say there are signs flu season could actually be relatively mild.
“I’m not planning on taking the flu vaccine,” Renwick Forter told FOX13.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show in a typical flu season, fewer than 50 percent of Americans get vaccinated. And the number is even lower for people of color, a group of people who have had a difficult time with the coronavirus.
“I’ve taken it in the past, a couple times, but my decision is just don’t take it,” said Forter.
“I think there is a misconception in the population that it doesn’t work, it’s not effective. Why waste your time? But that’s not true. It works,” Dr. Ben Bowman with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare told FOX13.
According to the World Health Organization, countries in the Southern Hemisphere just wrapped up the easiest flu season on record, and we could experience the same outcome.
“My hope would be maybe the 50 percent of the population or more that haven’t received the vaccine in the past maybe will reconsider, help reduce the transmission rate, and we can see some of the same success,” said Bowman.
Health experts said they believe peer pressure will encourage people to get vaccinated.
“I think I’m going to stay the same. So far I have had good health. I keep good health, so I tend not to take the flu shot,” said Shun Sykes.
Doctors say preventing the flu is especially important this year because it will help save lives and preserve the healthcare resources needed to continue fighting COVID.
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