Editorial: Preparing for the winter


Across the river, in Iowa, the state’s public health director, Kelly Garcia, said, "This year, we’re seeing some disease trends with other respiratory viruses which would indicate we’re headed into a high volume flu year."

In Illinois, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the state’s public health department, said recently that "with inconsistent mask usage, we could see a more severe flu season along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."

That’s a worry locally, too.

Janet Hill, chief operating officer at the Rock Island County Health Department, also credited precautions people took last year but added, "this year, we are worried that people will let down their guard, and we could see a more severe flu season while still dealing with the pandemic."

After a year and a half of battling Covid, it’s only natural that people would tire of masking, distancing and the rest.

Predictions about this year’s flu season are somewhat speculative, as we are in its very early stages. Still, it is best to be prepared early. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises getting a flu shot by the end of October. And for those who are thinking of getting their initial Covid shots, or a booster, Dr. Ezike said that the shots can be administered at the same time.

Locally, the Rock Island County Health Department has been offering flu shots all month, and there are plenty of other places to get low-cost, or even free, flu shots.

Region: Northern,City: Quad Cities,Region: QC,Opinion

via The Quad-City Times

October 24, 2021 at 07:48AM

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