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Prepare For Influenza Season During A Pandemic: Get A Flu Shot

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Dr. Mary Anne Jackson says the goal of getting as many people as possible to get the flu shot is to achieve herd immunity for influenza.

Infectious disease expert says it's never been more important to get the seasonal flu vaccine.

Dr. Mary Anne Jackson pointed out that in addition to being completely safe, influenza vaccines have the ability to save many lives — especially those of older adults and children. Jackson also recommends that people continue to wear masks, socially distance and avoid gatherings. Combined, those practices will give us the best chance heading into this uncharted territory.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.