The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their information on what they call the seasonal flu as the season for the illness approaches. This year the flu vaccine is designed to protect against four flu viruses, which include two influenza A and two influenza B viruses.

It is also safe to receive a flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. The CDC also advises that people over the age of six months should still get their flu shot even as the pandemic continues.

The flu season is coming whether people like it or not and the CDC has provided new information for people to prepare. The CDC estimates that there are between 9.3 million and 45 million cases of the flu each year, however, last flu season was relatively low in cases in the United States as COVID-19 continued to surge.

Flu season in the United States typically is between October and May and the CDC says it is ideal to receive a vaccine by the end of October. The CDC has updated its website with more information as the season approaches and how to navigate it as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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