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Doctors encourage getting flu vaccine, especially during pandemic

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(WSIL) -- Flu season is right around the corner and health officials are recommending getting the flu shot more than ever.

To avoid getting the flu, doctors say preventative measures for COVID-19 are also helpful for combating getting sick.

Washing your hands frequently, disinfecting surfaces, and covering your coughs and sneezes are all great ways to prevent the spread of the flu.

But doctors want people to keep in mind that the flu is not COVID-19 and the flu can be very dangerous to people who are considered low risk with COVID-19.

"I've seen some of these influenza viruses, H1N1, especially. It's a very very serious bug. I've seen it take down young, healthy adults. Which COVID, for the most part, doesn't do," Dr. Eric Graham from the Heartland Regional Group said.

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year.

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Madeline Parker

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