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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, taking measures to avoid getting influenza and pneumonia is more important than ever. Catching either on top of Covid-19 can increase the severity and duration of illness. Each year, 35 million people in the United States are sickened with influenza and 1.3 million are diagnosed with pneumonia.
Those who get flu and pneumonia shots are less likely to get sick from these diseases. If they do get sick, they tend to get a milder form of the illness.
Contact your primary care provider and ask if you could benefit from the flu or pneumonia shot.
For more information, visit cdc.gov.
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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.