Published on October 06, 2022
Spooky season is in full swing and along with ghosts and goblins, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) reminds everyone that cooler temperatures could lead to an increase in COVID-19, influenza (flu), and other respiratory diseases. DDPHE has the following recommendations to say “boo” to respiratory illness before fall celebrations and gatherings get underway.
Carve out time to get vaccinated:
Vaccines aren’t scary, they’re science! Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and your annual flu shot is the best way to save lives, prevent prolonged sickness and hospitalization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccines and seasonal flu vaccines for everyone 6 months and older.
According to the CDC, if a patient is eligible, both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered during the same visit, including boosters. There is no evidence getting a flu vaccination raises the risk of getting sick from COVID-19 or any other virus.
Don’t forget your BOO-ster shot:
As fall gatherings head indoors, DDPHE strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to consider receiving an Omicron (bivalent) booster vaccine to provide better protection against currently circulating COVID-19 variants.
Everyone 12 years and older is eligible to receive the updated booster if it has …