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Doctors urge everyone, weigh in on best time to get flu vaccine

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(WBNG) -- With the coronavirus preoccupying our minds, medical experts are urging people not to forget their flu vaccine.

Though it can be easy to get caught up in the latest pandemic news, Dr. Eric Lorraine from Endwell Family Physicians says it's best not to let yourself be more vulnerable during this time. He added, "We don't want to necessarily fall down on one because of a fear of the other."

According to a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, nearly 20 million children are under vaccinated.

Dr. Lorraine says he's noticed the decline recently, believing it to be related to people be too anxious about the coronavirus to visit their doctor's office.

While Dr. Lorraine urges people to get the flu vaccine, which is available starting August 1, he also recommends people get it during the fall season.

"[The flu shot] doesn't last forever, so you want to get the best immunity when the disease state is at the highest, which is usually December, January, and February, so the flu shot should begin sometime before that, but not too much," said Lorraine.

Dr. Lorraine says if you are uncomfortable going into a clinic or doctor's office, but still want to get the vaccine, he says you can easily call your healthcare provider and they can find a specific time for you when they are at lowest capacity.

Though there are still so many more studies to be done about the coronavirus, Lorraine says being sick with the flu still poses a higher risk of your health should you also be exposed to the coronavirus.

Anne Sparaco

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