CDC Director Walensky pushes for flu shot, warns of surge in cases this season

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building May 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony about proposed budget estimates for the CDC in 2022. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 19: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building May 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony about proposed budget estimates for the CDC in 2022. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing for Americans to get their flu shot this year, warning of a potentially severe flu season. In an interview Thursday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky claimed there was an absence of the flu last season and said there could be an increased risk this year.

According to a survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 44 percent of adults are either unsure about getting the flu shot or don’t have plans on getting it this season. Last season, flu vaccinations increased among adults, but Walensky said she’s still concerned with this year’s five percent drop in flu shots compared to years past.

“We are all tired about talking about vaccines. I also want to make sure we all get it, that we all get how serious flu illness can be and get how important a flu vaccine is to protect us this season,” Walensky said.

The director added the pandemic isn’t over and Americans should be prepared to see a surge in flu cases.

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