Southeast Health prepares for flu season as COVID-19 rages on

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As Fall becomes closer, so does Flu season and during a world wide pandemic, that only makes medical officials more uneasy.

Southeast Chief Medical Officer Charles Harkness explained his feelings as the flu season creeps closer.

“We hope that we’re over the hump of COVID penetration by the time the flu season hits.” Harkness said.

The doctor explained how people can still die from the flu itself and stressed the importance of getting the flu vaccine.

“We don’t get enough penetration of the vaccine, we’d like to see more people getting vaccinated to the flu.” Harkness said.

Many grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses distribute the flu vaccine every year.

Harkness also explained how it will be safe to receive the flu vaccine and potentially the COVID-19 vaccine if approved.

“It’s a different type of vaccine.” Harkness said. “It attacks a different virus and a different part of the virus. So as far as we can tell at this point they would be two separate vaccines who would not interact with each other and it would be safe to take both.”

The doctor finished by explaining that the hospital has been working closely with the state and federal government to figure out its next steps in helping covid patients and freeing room in the hospital.

“It’s a big question mark for us.” Harkness said. “So all we can do is try to be as prepared as possible.”

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