A record number of flu vaccine doses are being shipped across the country to try to prevent what some officials are calling the “dreaded overlap” of flu and the coronavirus.
Magnolia Regional Health Center will host a drive through flu shot event next week where the vaccine will be given free.
According to officials, everyone should get a flu shot this year even if they haven’t in the past due to the possible uptick of the sickness due to COVID-19.
The CDC estimated that last year the flu hospitalized 400,000 Americans and killed 22,000.
Adding flu to the toll of COVID-19 -- which has killed more than 1 million people worldwide including more than 206,000 Americans -- would further strain hospitals. Both flu and the coronavirus have similar symptoms and even if they're mild, people may seek testing to learn which illness they have and if anyone they've been around needs to quarantine.
State Epidemiologist Paul Byers recently said the flu shot will be one of the key ways to prevent strain on Mississippi hospitals.
The annual flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. People who are particularly at risk for flu complications are young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and those who have a chronic illness.
MRHC’s free event is set for Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1001 South Harper Road across from The Dinner Bell. Each person receiving the vaccine will have to sign a consent form. Those with an egg allergy will not be able to able to receive the shot. Face masks and social distancing is encouraged during the event.