Will a flu shot protect you from coronavirus?

Health experts are urging people to get their flu shot this year as the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. are once again on the rise.

But could getting a flu shot also protect you from COVID-19? No, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

“While it would be nice, there’s no evidence that flu shots can protect you from COVID-19, an entirely different disease,” ADPH said in a Facebook post.

That doesn’t mean you should skip the flu vaccine, however.

“The flu shot can help protect you from having the flu, which results is hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations a year and thousands of deaths. Plus, with the continued spread of COVID-19, experts warn that without proper precautions, we could experience a “twindemic” of both flu and COVID-19,” ADPH added.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends people get vaccinated before flu season starts and begins to spread in your community. It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.

The CDC recommends people get vaccinated by the end of October. The flu vaccine is recommended for:

  • Everyone 6 months or older
  • High risk groups including young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions and people age 65 and older.
  • Healthcare workers
  • Caregivers for people in high risk groups or for infants younger than 6 months old

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

Read more about his campaign.

Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims

Free Flu Shots Available This Weekend At MD State Fairgrounds

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — Residents can take advantage of a flu vaccination clinic to be held this weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County’s health officer, said the coronavirus pandemic is a “game changer” this flu season.

“People who do not traditionally get a flu vaccine must make sure to get vaccinated this season. This is especially true for African Americans who often shy away from getting flu vaccinations, but are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus,” Branch said in a statement.

Appointments are required in order to obtain a free vaccination at what’s being called the “super weekend clinic” at the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Schedule an appointment by visiting www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flu. Attendees must wear a face covering at the event. Free flu vaccinations will be available while supplies last. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of the arm where the vaccination is administered.

“As our fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s more important than ever to take precautions to protect yourself from the seasonal flu,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a statement. “This two-day flu vaccination clinic will help residents across Baltimore County take steps to safeguard against this potentially dangerous illness. We hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this accessible, convenient and free clinic to help prevent themselves and their loved ones from getting the flu this season.”

This article originally appeared on the Dundalk Patch

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Coronavirus may live much longer than the flu virus on smartphone screens

The virus that causes COVID-19 can stay active on smooth surfaces like smartphones, metal surfaces and paper money for much longer than the flu virus, according to researchers from Australia’s national science agency. They found that it can remain viable for up to 28 days, albeit in a very controlled environment. Under the same conditions, the influenza virus remains infectious for just 17 days, according to the study.

The team said the research proves that the coronavirus is “extremely robust” compared to other viruses. “These findings demonstrate SARS-CoV-2 can remain infectious for significantly longer time periods than generally considered possible,” the study concludes. (Cloth and other porous surfaces can carry infectious virus for just half the time, or around 14 days.)

While it shows the importance of cleaning and disinfecting phones and other surfaces, the study comes with some large caveats. It was conducted at a constant 68 degree F temperature in dark conditions to negate the effects of UV light, far from real-world conditions. The experiment also didn’t use fresh mucous — normally present with viruses on surfaces — which contain white cells and antibodies. “In my opinion infectious viruses will only persist for hours in mucus on surfaces rather than days,” Cardiff University professor Ron Eccles told the BBC.

Recently, experts have also downplayed the risk of coronavirus transmission from surfaces. According to the center for disease control (CDC), “spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be a common way that COVID-19 spreads.” Rather, the most common vectors are respiratory droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. New guidelines also suggest that it can also be transmitted by airborne transmission in “poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise.”

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Wenham Board Of Health Hosting Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

WENHAM, MA — Flu season is coming in close and the Wenham Board of Health is encouraging residents to get their flu shots — its especially important this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a threat to public health.

A drive-through flu clinic will open next week on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. by appointment only. The clinic will be held at Buker Elementary School, at 1 School St.

The clinic is open to all residents age 4 and older. The flu vaccine will available in the injectable form, except for a limited number of pediatric nasal spray doses for children. A higher dose vaccine will be available for those age 65 and older, as well as pediatric doses, pediatric nasal sprays, adult doses as well as a few preservative free adult doses.

“Reducing the spread of communicable diseases like the flu will help to reduce the strain on our healthcare systems as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Town Administrator Anthony Ansaldi.

The clinic will be drive-through only and residents must make an appointment ahead of time. Requests for appointments can be made online through a Google Form here or by calling the Wenham Board of Health at 978-468-5520 ext. 4.

Insurance paperwork and consent forms can be found here, and are required to be submitted ahead of time to the Board of Health at Town Hall, 138 Main St., when the building is open or dropped in the secure drop box outside Town Hall in a sealed envelope. Consent forms and insurance information cannot be emailed. Residents are asked to bring all insurance and Medicare cards with them to the clinic.

Residents are asked to wear a short-sleeved or loose fitting shirt. A face mask or covering will be required. Shots will be administered at the car window and as such, residents are asked to only have four passengers per vehicle and this will be confirmed upon booking.

Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

This article originally appeared on the Hamilton-Wenham Patch

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Facebook removes Trump’s post with false claims comparing the flu to COVID-19

Facebook on Tuesday removed a post from President Donald Trump that appeared to downplay the severity of COVID-19 by comparing it to the seasonal flu.



a man wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 2, 2020, as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center, after testing positive for COVID-19.


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President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 2, 2020, as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center, after testing positive for COVID-19.

The same post remains on Twitter, though it has been hit with a label on the platform identifying it as “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”

“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu,” Trump wrote in the twin posts. “Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

A Facebook spokesperson told ABC News: “We remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19, and have now removed this post.”

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Trump’s tweet comes just one day after he returned to the White House from the Walter Reed Medical Center where he was treated for COVID-19.



a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 2, 2020, as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center, after testing positive for COVID-19.


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President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 2, 2020, as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center, after testing positive for COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the flu typically accounts for 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. annually since 2010. That number has never risen above 100,000 in any year during that time period. More than 210,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since March.

Shortly after his Facebook post was removed Tuesday, the president posted again, writing in all-caps: “REPEAL SECTION 230!!!”

His follow-up post refers to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which essentially shields online platforms from liability for content posted on their sites. Trump has previously said Section 230 provides social media behemoths “blanket immunity when they use their power to censor content and silence viewpoints that they dislike.”

This is not the first time Trump has equated the novel coronavirus to the common flu. In a March 9 tweet, the president wrote, “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

Medical experts have long cautioned equating the seasonal flu to COVID-19, and warned the latter is a much more severe illness.

For one, COVID-19 is a novel virus, meaning much remains unknown about its path, spread and danger. Moreover, COVID-19 remains extremely dangerous because so many people show minimal or no symptoms at onset, which can potentially accelerate person-to-person transmission. The flu also

A Face Mask Might Help Protect You Against The Flu This Year

From Women’s Health

  • Face masks might help protect against the flu in addition to novel coronavirus.

  • The CDC doesn’t officially recommend face masks for flu prevention, but does point to other “everyday preventative measures.”

  • Doctors reiterate that masks can prevent respiratory droplets from spreading, including for both the flu and COVID-19.

Sure, people wear face masks these days mostly to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But now experts say there might be an added benefit of wearing your mask when out in public: It could lower your odds of contracting the flu.

Like COVID-19, the flu is a virus that’s mainly spread through infected respiratory droplets. “Wearing a mask will likely decrease transmission of the flu as well,” says Richard Watkins, MD, an infectious-disease physician in Akron, Ohio, and a professor of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Rajeev Fernando, MD, an infectious-disease expert in Southampton, N.Y., expects that the 2020-21 flu season will actually be milder than usual because of coronavirus-prevention methods, including widespread mask wearing. “It’s the same concept as preventing the spread of COVID-19,” he says. “Masks can help prevent respiratory droplets from spreading.”

That being said, you should still plan on getting a flu shot and practicing other flu prevention methods this year. Here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself from the flu—via face masks and other measures—this year.

A mask should be just one part of your flu prevention plan this year.

FWIW: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not currently list wearing a face mask in its main recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu. Instead, the CDC recommends avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes, washing your hands well with soap and water, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and cleaning and disinfecting objects that could be contaminated with the viruses that cause the flu.

However, the CDC does point people to “everyday preventative measures” for stopping the spread of COVID-19 as part of its tips for preventing the spread of the flu. And among those measures is advice to wear a face mask whenever you go out.

Medical staff wear surgical masks when treating flu patients, Fernando says, and a cloth face mask can likely offer at least some level of protection. And if someone who has the flu wears a mask and the people around them also wear a mask, the odds of the infected person making others sick drops dramatically, Fernando says.

Yes, you still need to get your flu shot.

The CDC specifically says that getting vaccinated against the flu this season “is more important than ever” and lists these as important reasons to get your shot:

  • It can reduce your risk of catching the flu, and of being hospitalized or dying from the flu if you do happen to contract it.

  • Getting a flu vaccine can save healthcare resources for the care of people who have COVID-19.

“At this point, I

Facebook, Twitter Block Post Claiming COVID Is Less Deadly Than Flu

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have blocked a post from President Donald Trump on Tuesday falsely claiming COVID-19 is less deadly than the flu. Facebook has removed the post, while Twitter has added a message saying it broke the rules on “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.” 

“We remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19,” a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters.

Trump, who is currently recovering from the virus, posted the controversial tweet early in the day.

“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” Trump tweeted.

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, 22,000 deaths were linked to the flu during the 2019 to 2020 influenza season.

Trump admitted to Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward in February that he had been intentionally downplaying COVID-19 on purpose. The recordings of the conversation were released in September and used as source material for Woodward’s latest book, “Rage.”

In the interview with Woodward, Trump said COVID-19 is “more deadly than even your strenuous flus” but admitted to downplaying the virus in order to not cause a panic. 

Trump is currently at the White House, after spending several days at Walter Reed Military Hospital to receive treatment for the virus. First lady Melania Trump, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and three Republican senators are the latest political figures to contract COVID-19.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States. As of Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, there are nearly 7.5 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S., with the domestic death toll over 210,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Seal Beach Rite Aid Offers Flu Shots, Coronavirus Testing

SEAL BEACH, CA — Need a flu shot? or a coronavirus test? Rite Aid now offers flu shots and has opened additional, no-charge COVID-19 drive-thru testing at pharmacies across the state.

This year isn’t like most in the past and health officials are encouraging people to get a flu shot.

“Getting a flu shot early is more important than ever this year to maintain a healthy immune system as the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season converge,” the company said.

Several new Rite Aid drive-thru testing sites were added in California in September:

  • 12541 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach

  • 405 West Main St., Brawley

  • 11200 Olive Dr., Bakersfield

  • 16120 Bear Valley Rd., Victorville

  • 1309 Fulton Ave., Sacramento

Pharmacists will oversee coronavirus testing and offer simple self-swab nasal tests from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

All adults 18 years old or older, even if they are not exhibiting virus symptoms, are eligible for testing and need to pre-register at www.riteaid.com.

Through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rite Aid opened 39 new locations across California, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, and now operates a total of 303 testing sites across 15 states.

Learn more and schedule a COVID-19 test at a Rite Aid testing site.
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This article originally appeared on the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch

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Trump downplays coronavirus by comparing it to flu

President TrumpDonald John TrumpState Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report White House Gift Shop selling ‘Trump Defeats COVID’ commemorative coin Biden says he should not have called Trump a clown in first debate MORE on Tuesday sought to downplay the coronavirus by comparing it to the flu, even though the coronavirus has killed many more people than the flu has in recent years. 

“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu,” Trump tweeted. “Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

 

The coronavirus has already killed more than 210,000 Americans. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, the deadliest flu season in recent years was 2017-2018 when it killed an estimated 61,000 people. And many seasons were much lower; 23,000 people died of the flu during the 2015-2016 season. 

“Doctors and scientists are working to estimate the mortality rate of COVID-19, but at present, it is thought to be substantially higher (possibly 10 times or more) than that of most strains of the flu,” a Johns Hopkins University fact sheet reads.

Experts say coronavirus deaths could be even higher if it were not for the measures put in place to slow the spread, from business closures to mask wearing.  

Trump himself, appearing with his coronavirus task force in late March, pointed to estimates that as many as 2.2 million Americans could die from coronavirus if it were not for the measures taken to slow the spread. 

“Think of the number: 2.2 — potentially 2.2 million people if we did nothing,” Trump said then.  

Trump also told journalist Bob Woodward in early February: “It’s also more deadly than your — you know, your, even your strenuous flus.” 

Trump has sought several times to downplay the virus in recent days, despite being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday.

Before being released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, where he was being treated, he posted a tweet that said, “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid.”

He posted a video with a similar message upon returning to the White House on Monday. 

“Don’t