Experts recommend flu shots amid pandemic

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – In the middle of a pandemic, flu season presents a larger threat than usual.

If you catch both coronavirus and the flu, it could be hard on your respiratory system. Experts say the flu shot can be crucial to protect yourself from a double whammy.

“We are nearing mid-September, so it’s certainly a good time to go ahead and get vaccinated,” said director of nursing Candace Hurd.”I’m sure that [coronavirus and the flu] both make you feel very bad. and we want to try to avoid that.”

Hurd says if you get a flu shot, it’s more likely you can rule out the flu as a possibility if you start experiencing respiratory flu symptoms later on.

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