There is no more important time than now for us to be involved in your care during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We need to take extra preventive measures and precautions during this time to avoid contracting this illness as there is currently no vaccine available to prevent the COVID-19 disease.
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, but it will protect you against flu. Since the flu season and COVID-19 are now overlapping, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa has recommended that everyone, in particular those who are at high-risk of developing severe flu and flu-related complications, receive a flu vaccination ahead of influenza season this year.
Who is at high risk for flu and its complications?
Members who are 65 years or older, pregnant or members who have one of these conditions:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Chronic renal disease
Coronary artery disease
Diabetes (Types 1 and 2)