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CDC: Americans should get flu vaccine, especially if 2nd COVID-19 wave hits

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this year, it's especially important for Americans to get a flu shot.

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Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, this year, it's especially important for Americans to get a flu shot.

The CDC estimates that from Oct. 1, 2019, through April 4, 2020, there were up to 56 million cases of the flu, with 740,000 hospitalizations and up to 62,000 deaths.

Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, said if a second wave of COVID-19 hits during flu season, it could really strain hospital resources, but if more people get their flu shot, it could ease that strain.

Typically, only about 47% of Americans take advantage of the flu vaccine, but in light of COVID-19, Redfield said he is hoping more will do so in 2020.

According to the CDC, everyone over 6 months old should get vaccinated against the flu every year.