While the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, doctors are encouraging residents to catch up on their other immunizations.
Dr. Tony Leazzo, Chairman of Family Practice at Delnor Hospital explains, “In the fall time, when we’re starting to get into the cold and flu [season], people like to go out and work garden, brush up their landscaping, and if you’ve got open cuts and things like that, you can actually leave yourself more susceptible to tetanus at that point.”
WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.
Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike also reminds residents that the flu sickens millions of Americans every year:
“This season more than ever, it is critical that Illinoisans get our flu shots. Flu and COVID-19 each can cause serious respiratory illness and co-infection could possibly lead to more severe illnesses, hospitalization, and even death. While a vaccine for COVID-19 is still in development, a vaccine for flu already exists and is your best protection against flu. The choice is yours, but I urge you to not risk co-infection of two potentially deadly viruses.”
A press release from the state Department of Public Health has more information.