Archdiocese of Chicago encourages Catholics in Chicagoland to get flu shot as flu season approaches – Press releases


The archdiocese continues to urge Catholics to also get vaccinated against COVID-19 as cases increase to avoid simultaneous flu and coronavirus outbreaks this fall and winter.

CHICAGO, (September 20, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago is encouraging Chicago-area Catholics and community members to get the flu shot in addition to the COVID-19 vaccination. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, urges everyone to do their part by getting vaccinated to prevent what public health officials call a “twinemia” of influenza and COVID-19. According to public health officials, COVID-19 and influenza vaccines do not interfere with each other or substitute for each other.

“We are entering flu season as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause illness and death in the United States,” Cardinal Cupich said. “These cross-diseases threaten to further burden our healthcare professionals and our healthcare facilities. Pope Francis observed that “humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines” and that “vaccination is an act of love”. That is why we encourage our brothers and sisters to receive these two safe and vital vaccines. “

For the second year, the Archdiocese will deploy an influenza vaccination campaign in its schools, parishes and offices in the Archdiocese. The material will include a message from Cardinal Cupich, as well as posters and leaflets that will be distributed via email and social media. The material emphasizes the importance and safety of being vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19 and provides links to public health information. Materials for Archdiocesan employees include information on vaccines against other diseases such as pneumonia, pertussis, measles and shingles. Click here to view campaign material.

In the past decade, influenza and pneumonia have been associated with an average of 3,500 deaths per year in Illinois. Between 10 and 20 percent of Americans are infected during most flu seasons, which typically extend from October through May. In the United States, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu each year. Public health officials recommend that anyone six months of age and older get a flu shot each season. By getting the flu shot, taking the important steps to cover up and wash their hands, community members can do their part to stop the spread of the disease.

The flu shot is available from many local health departments, private health care providers, and pharmacies throughout Illinois. People are urged to contact their health care providers to find out which flu shot is right for them.

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