Why is it more important this year than ever to get vaccinated against influenza?

Question: 

Why is it more important this year than ever to get vaccinated against influenza? 

Answer: 
Getting an influenza vaccine is more important than ever this year to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and to help reduce the strain on our overstretched health care system responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
The symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza can be similar and make people sick enough to go to the hospital. By getting your influenza vaccine, you can help the health care system keep resources available to help those with COVID-19. In addition, last year’s low influenza rates mean our immunity against influenza is lower than usual. This makes getting your influenza vaccine this year more important than ever to protect yourself, your community, and our overstretched health care system.
 
Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021