As the average number of cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Jefferson County each day stabilizes, public health experts have diverted some of their focus to addressing potential problems created by the intermingling of influenza and COVID-19 even before they begin.
While it’s relatively easy to predict who is most at risk of severe flu complications, a bad flu year could stress hospital capacity needed to treat the most dire cases of it and coronavirus.
At the same time, people are spending more time inside, which experts across the country worry will again result in an uptick in cases of the coronavirus and, as a result, hospitalized individuals.
So, in an attempt to protect health-care capacity in advance of any potential onslaught, public health experts are urging nearly all residents to take the flu vaccine even more seriously this year.
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