Gwen O'Brien | October 19, 2020
Every fall, health providers encourage the public to get flu shots, but it’s even more important now because of the coronavirus pandemic. All Notre Dame students are required to receive the flu vaccine this year.
“With our students living with their families, friends and especially in residence halls, the flu vaccine can help keep our community healthier,” said Christine Caron Gebhardt, assistant vice president for student services.
“While the vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, it does reduce the overall risk of the flu illness from occurring. It also reduces the number of people requiring hospitalization due to being sick with the flu. With our testing centers, clinics and hospitals trying to manage COVID-19, this relieves a burden on our health care resources by decreasing illnesses on our campus and in the South Bend community,” Gebhardt said.
Not to mention how the symptoms of the flu are so similar to those of COVID-19.
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