CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Usually this time of year most of us make an extra effort to not catch the flu.
It turns out, COVID-19 precautions are helping with that.
Primary Care Physician, Shahzaib Anwar said he’s seeing fewer flu cases this season compared to last year.
“There are a lot of different guidelines put out by the CDC,” Dr. Anwar said.
Some of the guidelines include wearing a face mask, social distancing and washing hands regularly.
“That helps to prevent not just the Coronavirus, but also other viral illnesses as well including the flu,” he said.
He said having fewer students at school also has something to do with it.
“We know that children who are interacting with each other and touching surfaces a lot are the main carriers who then spread it to other folks,” he said.
Pharmacist Catherine Heaton at Broadway Pharmacy said more people want the flu shot this season.
“It seems like people were getting vaccinated earlier so that way they’re not all fighting COVID and flu at the same time,” Heaton said.
Even though the flu vaccine won’t prevent the virus, it can still give people peace of mind.
“I think that people were scared seeing how bad a virus can get and knowing we didn’t have a vaccine for COVID but flu is something we can prevent with a vaccine, so thinking let’s just go ahead and get this knocked out,” Heaton said.
According to the CDC, the best time to get your flu vaccine is in the fall, but its not too late to get it now.