pexels polina tankilevitch 3873188GRAYSLAKE – With flu season approaching in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is concerned for the safety of older Illinoisans and urges them to get a flu shot as soon as possible.

“COVID-19 has proven to be deadly, and while we are still protecting ourselves from this virus, it is equally important that we protect ourselves from other deadly illnesses as well,” Bush said. “Getting a flu shot will help prevent their chances of getting the flu, which will also help to distinguish whether or not their symptoms are COVID-19-related.”

Older adults and people with chronic health issues are more likely to develop serious complications resulting from the flu, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 70% to 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in adults 65 years and older.

“It is in the best interest of older adults and health care providers to get a flu shot, so that medical resources remain available for COVID-19 patients,” Bush said. “I am urging all older adults to protect themselves during this time and schedule an appointment to get a flu shot.”

Medicaid and the majority of insurance plans cover one flu shot per flu season. Those seeking medical treatment should always consult a health care provider. Find a flu vaccine provider near you with Vaccine Finder.

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