Doctors stress importance of getting vaccinated as flu season officially begins


ROANOKE, Va (WFXR) — While many associate the flu with winter months, flu season actually begins in October.

According to local doctors, the southern hemisphere is now going through its flu season, and upon review, physicians are predicting a mild season because people are practicing good hygiene amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though doctors are predicting a mild flu season, they still want people to get their flu shot.

Each year, there’s a low turnout. Also, because of coronavirus concerns, doctors worry the turnout will drop even more.

According to Sovah Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sheranda Gunn, getting a flu shot early could help prevent a devastating case of the flu.

“It’s really important that people understand the flu itself is deadly. Because of COVID-19, we’ve had a number severe cases within the state and this region alone, and then you talk about the worldwide pandemic that’s ongoing. If we continue to delay this medical care and continue to delay getting vaccines and don’t get this taken care of, it can be even more devastating than it has to be.”

Dr. Sheranda Gunn, Sovah Chief Medical Officer

Local health districts are offering dozens of opportunities for people to get vaccinated.

There are also several other steps you can take to keep you and your family safe during the pandemic and the flu season.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.

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