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Gov. Polis calls for more flu vaccines during COVID-19 pandemic

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DENVER (KRDO) -- Colorado may be months away from another flu season, but Gov. Jared Polis is already beginning preparations.

In a letter penned to Robert Redfield, Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Polis says Colorado is in need of additional resources to prevent the combined impact of both flu and COVID-19 patients from overwhelming the Colorado Health Care system.

The governor is asking the CDC for more flu vaccines, PPE supplies, and asking the CDC to emphasize to the public the importance of getting a flu shot this year.

Polis believes one of the largest threats in continued success in fighting COVID-19 is the flu, and that his administration has been working towards increasing the vaccination rates this year.

"But we need to do even more this coming flu season especially among older Coloradans and our vulnerable residents," said Governor Polis in the letter sent to the CDC. "(We need to) to reduce the number of flu victims in need of hospitalization and free up those beds for COVID-19 patients if
needed."

At Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo the preparations for Flu season during an ongoing pandemic has already begun.

“We have focused so much effort and energy on COVID-19 that influenza might be left in the dust in terms of hospital preparation,” said Dr. Sandeep Vijan at Parkview Medical Center.

Dr. Vijan says the hospital will begin stockpiling PPE in the coming months for the start of flu season in September. However, the peak flu season doesn't truly begin until November.

According to Dr Vijan, Parkview hospitalizes around 20 to 25 flu patients a month during peak flu season.

But with a global pandemic, this flu season could look different than years past.

“There is a chance this fall that we could see co-infections which mean patients would have influenza and COVID-19 sometimes together and sometimes back to back," said Dr. Vijan. "We are worried about how dangerous those infections might be. Prevention is better than treatment so I tell everybody today what we’ve done for COVID-19 well do for influenza as well."

Dr. Vijan says the best way to keep hospitals from getting overcrowded this flu season is by getting your flu shot.

However, all of the same rules for COVID-19 apply for the flu. You are encouraged to continue wearing a mask, washing your hands, disinfecting your homes. And If you are feeling sick stay home.

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Dan Beedie

Dan is a bureau reporter based out of Pueblo. Learn more about Dan here.

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  1. “The governor is asking the CDC for more flu vaccines, PPE supplies, and asking the CDC to emphasize to the public the importance of getting a flu shot this year.”
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    There’s some evidence that having a flu shot activates a person’s immune system, enabling it to better fight off other potential threats. It’s a difficult scenario to study, because different people’s immune systems react in different ways, and exposures to other infections are difficult to manage or quantify. But studies so far have shown no evidence that flu shots cause any sort of problems other than minor inconveniences, such as a sore arm for a day or two. So I’m in favor of hoping it works better than advertised, and it has appeared to for my family for some years now.

  2. This is ridiculous! There was evidence, early on , that those who had gotten The Flu Shot, more likely to catch SARS-2-COVID-19 Wuhan virus, had more complications, and a higher incidence of fatality. If other people desire to take their chances, that’s their Free Will Choice, but not this household!

    1. Please provide your source of that “evidence.” I have not seen that documented by anyone in the medical community.
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      Your opinion goes against the opinion of the vast majority of experts in the medical community. But if you want to take your chances, then it’s another case of survival of the smartest. I just hope it doesn’t impact any kids or grandkids who are relying on you to make the best choices for them.

      1. Wow, you will do anything your Government says huh? I wish I was as brave and ignorant like you to trust a bunch of corrupt politicians that pretend to have my best interests at heart. I bet if Trump told you to get a flu shot you’d fight it! I would too.

        1. If you are addressing me, I avoid ‘shots’; too much unnecessary garbage in them. Peanut oil for a time is how Peanut allergy arose, Mercury now and issues with that additive. No Thanks, no one has a convincing argument I’d accept.

      2. Wolff GG. Influenza Vaccination and Respiratory Virus Interference Among Department of Defense Personnel During the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. Vaccine 2020;38 (2):350-354.

      3. “Wolff GG. Influenza Vaccination and Respiratory Virus Interference Among Department of Defense Personnel During the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. Vaccine 2020;38 (2):350-354.

  3. The plandemic is ending sooner than the dems wanted, as will the riots. Do you know who I feel sorry for? The murder hornets. The media never gave them their 15 minutes of fame. No fear mongering, no nothing.

  4. Their goal to FORCE you to take the vaccine for the fraud Covid 19. You will be forced to wear a mask until you cannot take it anymore, then they will tell you you can remove the mask ONLY if vaccinated. DON’T TAKE THE VACCINE!!! THERE IS AN EVIL AGENDA BEHIND IT. HEAR ME, AND HEED MY ADVICE.

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