Gov. Greg Abbott urges Texans to get flu vaccine amid COVID-19 pandemic
SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott is urging Texans to get flu vaccines as the season approaches amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The best way you can get ahead of the curve is by going up and making sure you get a flu vaccine,” Abbott said.
Abbot said flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic could create problems for hospitals.
“If that leads to greater hospitalizations coupled with the hospitalizations we’re seeing with COVID-19, you can easily see how hospitals in this region as well as across Texas could be completely over run,” Abbott said.
Abbott said now more than ever personal protective equipment is vital to prevent disease spread.
“COVID-19 coupled with the flu, coupled with the opening of schools this year, those PPE supplies are at an absolute premium,” Abbott said.
Abbott said the Texas Department of Emergency Management has already distributed about 60 million masks and more than 560,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to schools across the state.
“So they are stepping up and making sure the PPE needs of schools and hospitals and communities across the entire state of Texas have been and will continue to be met,” Abbott said.
Abbott wants people to know the COVID-19 numbers in Texas are still serious.
“The numbers of COVID-19 are going down from an elevated level we are not at all anywhere close to being in a safe situation of COVID-19,” Abbott said.
That is why Abbott is encouraging people to get their flu vaccine early this year, to keep as many Texans healthy and out of the hospital.. as possible.
“The time period for getting a flu vaccine begins as early as September,” Abbott said.
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