Important reminder at this time of year

Not just because it’s nearly Rosh Hashana (my God, it’s early this year) and Labour Day and Thanksgiving (for Canadians, anyway), but because those markers also mean that flu season is soon gonna arrive.

So make sure to set aside time this fall to get a flu shot even if you’ve never got one before.

Two important reasons that flu shots are particularly important this year.

One, flu is likely to come roaring back since last year because of so much extra hand-washing, masking, and social distancing, there were hardly any cases of flu anywhere in North America.

Since flu viruses haven’t gone away – just lurking and waiting, sort of like a virus equivalent to Trump, I guess – most experts feel that flu will make a huge comeback this fall and winter, just like we all hope the Vancouver Canucks will, too, at least those of us who don’t live in Toronto feel that way.

And 2nd, a study published in PLOS One has concluded that flu shots protect against “adverse outcomes” from Covid, such as “sepsis, stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), emergency department (ED) & Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions”.

So do it this year even if you’ve never done it before.