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"It’s Flu Shot Time. Here’s How and Why to Get One"

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Daniel Uslan, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of environmental health sciences and co-chief infection prevention officer for UCLA Health, about the importance of being vaccinated this flu season and the possibility of a so-called “twindemic” of flu and coronavirus

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The majority of eligible Californians have received a COVID shot. But the vaccine fun isn’t over yet. That’s right: It’s time to get your flu shot.

Yes, you should get one, even if you’re still working from home. Flu cases were at an all-time low in the 2020-2021 season thanks in large part to social distancing. But kids are back in school, mask and stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted in some areas, and lots of people — vaccinated and otherwise — have gotten more comfortable with going out and socializing than they were a year ago. And in some parts of the country, hospitalization levels are the same or higher than they were this time last year.

Last year, experts feared a “twindemic” of flu and coronavirus that didn’t come to pass. But it’s still a possibility this time around, said Dan Uslan, a clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the cochief infection prevention officer at UCLA Health.