U.S. Health Experts Urge Flu Shots to Prevent a "Twindemic"
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- The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, has called for increased uptake of the flu shots as the flu season approaches
- Walensky, who got her flu shot earlier this week, said it is doubly important for people to get the shot to prevent a massive outbreak of the flu
- Flu cases dropped to record low levels globally during the pandemic, as COVID-19 restricions helped to limit the spread of other respiratory viruses
- But with most restrictions lifted, it is uncertain how bad the flu season would go this winter
- Officials noted that a different respiratory virus, RSV, began to surge back last summer when mask restrictions were lifted across the U.S., raising concerns about a potentially massive flu outbreak soon