LV health professional says mild flu season expected, but shots still recommended

Written by on September 17, 2020

LV health professional says mild flu season expected, but shots still recommended 

By Brittany Sweeney

September 17, 2020

Photo | Brittany Sweeney / WLVR

Fall is fast approaching and with it comes flu season.

Eight percent of Americans get sick from the flu annually according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney reports on what to expect this flu season.

Registered nurse Terry Burger says the medical community is expecting a mild flu season this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Director of  Infection Control and Prevention at Lehigh Valley Health Network says those predictions are based on what’s happening in the southern hemisphere.

“They seem to be having a relatively mild flu season and what our thoughts are is that most likely all of the masking the universal masking social distancing hand washing things, you know, quite frankly, we’ve taught for years, people are following and we think that that’s having an impact on their flu season,” said Burger.

Burger says flu season doesn’t usually start until November or December, so getting a flu shot in October or November is ideal.

LVHN hospitals will start distributing shots to hospital patients and employees on October 1.

Lehigh Valley Health Network will hold a free flu shot drive up event at Dorney Park November 7 and Coca-Cola Park November 8.

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