As COVID-19 continues to spread, the flu is also sending people to the doctor.
The flu season has arrived. Again, it is happening during the COVID-19 pandemic and local doctors are already seeing an influx of patients.
“Flu season can be unpredictable in terms of severity and no one has ever experienced the pandemic before, so it will be interesting to see what happens this year,” said pediatrician Rene Bravo.
But the flu season won’t reach its peak for a few weeks.
“We’re starting to see a little bit of activity, and I know the county is following that, but usually the flu season starts to kick in between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Bravo said.
dr. Rene Bravo says getting a flu shot is a great way to protect yourself and stay healthy this flu season.
“Any moment now. I think it’s really time to get your flu shot, sure,” Bravo said.
If you’re feeling sick, it’s important to determine if it’s actually the flu and not something more serious like COVID-19.
“We’re always concerned about masking the coronavirus as the flu, so if you’re not sure, make sure you call your doctor or health care provider and talk to them,” Bravo said.
San Luis Obispo visitor Jerry Louwen says he is not worried about the upcoming flu season.
“It will be fine, as long as you take care of yourself. That’s what it’s about,” said visitor Jerry Louwen.
Resident Bill Neufeld also says he is not too worried about the upcoming flu season.
“I think enough people get the flu shot that it won’t be bad, I hope,” Neufeld said.
Neufeld says exercising helps him stay healthy during the winter months.
“I don’t feel like I’m doing a lot of exercise, but I do get a 2-mile walk, just over an hour. I think people should be doing more of that stuff. I enjoy it,” Neufeld said.
The CDC says you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, during the same visit.
To make an appointment to get your flu or COVID-19 vaccine, visit myturn.Ca.Gov.