Month: September 2021

Flu Shot Highly Recommended This Year

Sept. 29, 2021 — With the Delta variant of COVID-19 still raging in the United States and intensive care units in parts of the country filled with patients with the coronavirus, experts are voicing concern about the added risk of a difficult flu season.

Two mathematical models are predicting a big rebound in the number and severity of flu cases in the 2021-22 season after last year’s flu season failed to show up when public health measures brought in to control COVID-19 seemed to have the added benefit of stopping the flu.

But both analyses, posted to the medRxiv preprint server and not yet peer-reviewed by other experts, have come to the same conclusion: The flu could make a comeback this year.

In the worst-case scenario, the U.S. could see an extra 300,000 to 400,000 hospitalizations from the flu — almost double the usual number —

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