To help combat this problem, Carilion Clinic, LewisGale Regional Health System, the Salem VA Health Care System and the Virginia Department of Health are teaming up to host a free flu shot event on Saturday, Oct. 24.
TPH has been using the online appointment booking system for many years.
Doctors say getting a flu shot is always important, but especially this year as COVID-19 continues to be a major health concern.
Turcotte adds that the provincial government has said it is acquiring 5.1-million flu vaccine doses this year - 700,000 more than usual. "A big part of outsmarting COVID-19 will be by getting a flu shot". "This is particularly important during this year's COVID-19 pandemic". Seniors are advised to get the flu shot through their pharmacy or doctor.
"I was able to get a pneumonia shot, a shingles shot, but I couldn't get a flu shot", said Valerie Bell.
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"If there was ever a year where we encourage individuals to get influenza vaccination, this is the year", said Brazos County Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan.
Prior to receiving her vaccine at a flu shot clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, de Villa pointed out that there are 500 local pharmacies providing flu shots this year in addition to healthcare practitioners. "Like the coronavirus, the flu virus seeks the opportunity to spread but it needs us to do it so let's not make that easy".
In Ontario, the flu shot is free for anyone six months of age or older and there is no requirement to produce a health card to receive the vaccine.
"Pharmacies, primary-care providers and public health are working together to prioritize those most vulnerable to the flu and avoid a "twindemic" situation that would overwhelm the health-care system", said Dr. Joyce Lock, medical officer of health for the region on Tuesday. "Because we haven't really encountered a flu season yet at the same time as COVID-19, that data is still being developed". Despite this, nearly one-half of all Americans do not get a flu shot each year.