Mandatory Flu Shots Pushed by Colorado Legislators

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COLORADO - Governor Jared Polis set an example by getting the flu vaccine in front of the camera to remind Coloradans that flu should not be set aside and everyone should be mindful about it. Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, other state lawmakers, and state employees did the same.

Apart from encouraging everyone to get shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, the governor reminded Coloradans that the flu season is at hand, and it is essential to have flu shots to pair with the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will avoid influenza and other severe respiratory diseases, limiting the spread of the virus.

Influenza is an infection affecting the respiratory system. It causes serious complications. This infection is particularly experienced by vulnerable populations like young children, older adults, and people with certain medical conditions like:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Cancer or cancer treatment
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Brain or nervous system conditions
  • Obesity

Getting The Flu Shots Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Getting flu shots will protect families and prevent possible filling up of hospitals. Reducing the number of infected populations is crucial. It will significantly reduce hospitalizations, as this is a very critical scenario during the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this flu shot is recommended annually for the population aged six and older.

Influenza has a prevalence rate of 0.8% in COVID-19 patients. The rate of co-infection is low, but experts say not to ignore the risk in the elderly and the vulnerable groups. Co-infection may complicate the diagnosis of patients and may potentially come up with a new prognosis. And these two viruses can occur in the cold months of fall.

Meanwhile, Colorado University is also requiring a flu vaccine for everyone going into the campus. All students and staff should get the shot by the middle of December.

Flu shots are available in Southern Colorado, Denver, Colorado, and Denver Metro in many facilities like Doctors’ clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies.

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