With ‘Twindemic’ Looming, 2 out of 5 Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot | Health News

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter


THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Despite a potential looming “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19, about 2 in 5 U.S. adults do not plan to get a flu shot, a new survey shows.

Only 59% of adults surveyed said they will get the influenza vaccine during the 2020-2021 flu season, according to results released Thursday by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

That’s up slightly from the 52% who planned to get a flu shot in 2019, but nowhere near enough to stave off the potential for overlapping flu and COVID-19 epidemics, said Dr. William Schaffner, the NFID’s medical director.

“We in the infectious disease community have been talking about a potentially ‘double-barreled’ respiratory virus season, when flu and COVID-19 converge,” Schaffner said. “There’s a real risk that even if we only have a moderate flu season, we could be in for a

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