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At 81, Greeley resident Terrill Bashline can’t remember ever having the flu.Bashline said he gets his flu shot every year, usually in September. As COVID-19 continues to spread, Bashline thinks this is a particularly important year to get the flu shot. Health experts agree.
“It’s critical every year,” said Marsha Hamner, regional medical director for the Northern Colorado Hospitalists with Banner Health. “It’s even more critical this year with COVID, and that’s for a few reasons.”
Vaccination significantly decreases a person’s chance of getting the flu, and for those who still catch it, vaccination decreases the severity of the illness. With a lessened severity, the risk of hospitalization and death also go down. There were 23 flu and pneumonia deaths this past year in Weld County, according to state data, and 454 deaths across the state.
GREELEY, CO – SEPTEMBER 09:Paul Kuhlman, a orthopedic physicianÕs assistant at NCMC, right, waits for wellness specialist Sara Huntington, second from left, and registered nurse Leona Kepler, second from right, to pull up consent paperwork on a tablet during a curbside flu shot clinic at Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley Sept. 9, 2020. Flu shots are particularly important this year …
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