Public Health encourages flu shots while COVID vaccinations remain low – Chico Enterprise-Record

CHICO — Butte County Public Health is encouraging residents to get flu vaccinations in preparation for the upcoming influenza season as COVID-19 vaccination numbers stay stagnant.

In a news release Wednesday, Butte County Public Health warned residents, “many commonly celebrated holiday activities carry risk for spreading illness. With the overlap of COVID-19 and flu season this fall and winter, BCPH encourages residents 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu and all eligible residents 12 years and older to get their COVID-19 vaccine.”

Vaccination rates for COVID-19 remain low compared to all 58 counties in the state, ranking 44 out of 58 in terms of fully-vaccinated population percentages. As of Thursday, 54.80 percent of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated. Similarly, 6.83 percent of residents have been partially vaccinated. The county is still encouraging people who fall into this category to receive their second dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.

The county health department warns infection of both influenza and COVID-19 can occur simultaneously and warns a person infected with influenza may be more likely to get COVID-19. The release also adds COVID-19 is potentially more severe and causes more lung damage in persons co-infected with influenza.

“We expect that both viruses will be out there, circulating in the community,” said Butte County Public Health Director Danette York in a news release. “Residents should take extra precautions this year to protect their health by getting a flu vaccine while continuing to follow the non-pharmaceutical measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.”

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