Preventing the surge of the seasonal flu

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s that time of year again when churches pharmacies and clinics are getting ready to give out the annual flu shot. Some members of the community say that they’re ready to get it as normal, but others say they’re going to skip it altogether.

“I’m going to pass on the flu shot because I’m really tired of being jabbed and I’m tired of the government and everybody telling me what I’m supposed to do I’m an adult I can make my own decisions,” says one Lexington woman who’s asked to not be identified.

For some people, it’s from a political viewpoint while it could be fear for others.

“The vaccine and the mandates that have come out of it really change the way people think about it. Now they don’t want to take any vaccines, even the flu shot,” explains Chris Owsley, a covid-19 vaccine recipient, and a flu shot recipient.

Over the last ten years, the CDC says on average, 36,000 people die of the flu each year. But last year there was a drop in numbers to 22,000, which became the second-lowest death total in the past decade. The health department in Lexington believes there were a couple of reasons for that.

“We had a lot of restrictions in place people weren’t going out and about. They were making sure to wear their masks if they were out. And school was not in session so that lowered the amount that it was spread,” explains Christina King, with the Lexington Fayette County Health Department.

If people don’t get their shot, health experts worry that we could see a surge of both flu and the delta variant of Covid-19.

“We’re in the middle of a global pandemic still. We are still fighting Covid-19. Our medical providers, our hospitals, our urgent care centers are all tapped out to their max. We don’t want to add any additional strain to them with flu cases,” says King.

While there are those who don’t want to see people forced to get the shot, many people are still hoping that their community members get one in the end.

“You should still get a flu shot and if you need the vaccine you should get the vaccine. I just think everything should be up to the individual person,” says Owsley.

If you’re someone who’s on the fence still about getting the shot, the LFCHD recommends talking to your primary care physician to get answered and reassurance.

The Consolidated Baptist Church is hosting a clinic on Wednesday, October 6th from 3 pm- 6 pm. You can find more information by clicking the link here.

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