Fall is finally here. We can feel it in the crisp autumn air, in the fuzzy cardigans we recently unearthed from the box buried in the back of our closets.
We love fall. But you know what we don’t love? Winter. Winter means illness — specifically, the flu.
Flu season is upon us, and experts are warning of a possible “twindemic” due to overlapping epidemics of the flu and COVID-19. North Carolina has already reported its first flu-related death, and state health officials are urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
If you’ve ever had the flu, you know how miserable it is. And sure, the flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but studies have shown that it reduces the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
But perhaps most importantly, getting vaccinated not only protects yourself — it protects those around you, too. This is what's known as “herd immunity,” or the potential for vaccinated members of a community to help prevent the virus from spreading to those who can't get vaccinated for medical reasons.