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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
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.