Gov. Abbott pushes for early flu vaccines to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed

Posted at 10:05 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 05:20:02-04

Governor Greg Abbott held a round table with medical experts, state legislatures, and state agency leaders last week to discuss the status of COVID-19 with flu season just around the corner.

Medical experts supporting the governor say it is the best way to prevent the possibility of getting both illnesses at the same time, which could be deadly.

Hospitals are not equipped to handle both the flu and COVID-19 patients, so Governor Abbott and medical experts are urging Texans to get vaccinated, especially sooner rather than later.

However, you should never get the vaccine too early or you may prohibit the mechanics of the vaccine from working as it should.

”I think the most important thing is that everyone plans to get a flu shot. Traditionally the flu shows up in the spring, and so usually I recommend that people get their flu shot before the end of November. However if we start to see the flue show up earlier this year, then we would all want to get our flu shot earlier in the season,” said Dr. Lon Young, Chief Medical Officer of CapRock Health System

Doctors also want to remind people that you can't get the flu by getting a flu shot. The vaccine is not 100% the flu in itself. The goal is to decrease the possibility of patients contracting the virus, but that is not to say you will not get the disease at all. Taking all precautions at this time is critical.

To find out where you can get a flu shot, contact your doctor.