As the temperatures cool down and the students return to class in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic , flu season is here again.
Authorities urge Americans to get vaccinated and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Real. RoChelle Walensky said last week that while she knows people are "tired of talking about vaccines, " getting the vaccine is still "doubly important this year ".
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Flu cases have dropped to historically low levels during the pandemic, with coronavirus restrictions blocking others virus .
However, with schools and businesses reopening, it is unclear how much the United States can expect a flu season this winter and officials are concerned as a respiratory virus different - RSV - returned last summer.
Annual flu shots are recommended for just about everyone , from six months old babies.
FILE - In this Thursday, January 23, 2020, archive photo, a patient receives a vaccine against flu in Mesquite, Texas. Amid the attention to COVID-19 vaccinations, US health experts make another plea: Don't skip your flu shot. With the reopening of American schools and businesses, the resumption of international travel and much less hiding this fall, the flu is likely to make a comeback. (AP Photo / LM Otero, File)
The flu is more dangerous for adults over 65, children under five years, people with chronic health conditions and pregnant women.
The CDC is encouraging people to get vaccinated by the end of October.
Last fall, about as many Ameri overall, cans were vaccinated against the flu as before.t the pandemic: About half of the eligible population.
The CDC expects vaccine manufacturers to deliver 188 million to 200 million doses of influenza vaccine, most of which Americans can get Medicare without a copayment. A record-breaking 194 million doses were distributed last winter.
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Options include regular injections and one and all offer protection against four different strains of flu that experts say are most likely to spread this year.
Authorities have also urged the elderly and those with chronic illnesses to inquire about the possibility of getting vaccinated against a type of pneumonia that is a complicafrequent tion.
Additionally, the CDC says that it is also acceptable to receive an influenza vaccine and a GOVID-19 vaccine at the same time.
Influenza, a contagious Respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses, infects the nose, throat and lungs.
The CDC notes that while the flu can cause mild to severe illness, it can sometimes lead to death.
The Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea.
About 8% of the US population becomes ill with the flu each season, according to the CDC, with a range of between 3% and 11% depending on the season.
Although there are antiviral influenza drugs that can be used to treat influenza, the agency claims that drugs are not a substitute for the vaccine: the best way to prevent seasonal flu and its com potentially serious plications.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.