NORFOLK, Va. - Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people say they are planning to get the flu shot this year. There is some concern, though, about how many people will actually get it.
In years past, millions of Americans have relied on their employers to offer the shots. With so many working from home, that's not the case right now. That's why health experts are stressing how important it is for people to get their shot, and the sooner the better.
"Especially with this unprecedented pandemic and the unknown factors of a second wave," said Dr. Joseph Mosquera, an RXSaver medical expert. "This, combining with a bad flu season, would be catastrophic for people's health and emergency room visits, overwhelming our medical system once again as it was back in March, so it's an extremely important year to consider getting the flu shot."
If cost is a concern, there are ways to get low-cost or even free flu shots.
If you have insurance, it's covered by most plans. If you don't have insurance, there are some options. Some cities and hospitals have special events where you can get them for free.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, Sentara is holding free flu shot events at 14 locations in Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina.
Many pharmacies are offering coupons or gift cards to encourage people to get the flu shot.
For college students, many campus health clinics offer free flu shots.
If you do end up getting sick, RXSaver can help you save money on any prescriptions you may need.
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