Flu season is approaching, and it is just as important to get your shot as ever before. People with chronic kidney disease are more susceptible to developing severe flu complications, due to a weakened immune system.

The COVID-19 pandemic adds some complexities to flu season this year as there is risk for infection from either illness. Although there is no vaccine available for COVID-19, you can lower your risk for getting the flu by getting the flu vaccine. In fact, the flu vaccine prevented 39 percent of flu cases among people that received the vaccine last year. In addition, the types of activities people have been doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19—such as handwashing—will also help slow the spread of the flu this year.

For information about why this year’s flu shot is so important, how to go about getting your shot and what to do if you get sick, check out the full article.