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ACP encourages Americans to get vaccinated against preventable diseases – not just COVID-19

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An expected rise in COVID-19 cases in combination with other preventable diseases could overwhelm the healthcare system.

In preparation for the potential rise in COVID-19 cases this fall and winter, experts at the American College of Physicians are encouraging adults to get vaccinated against other preventable diseases such as whooping cough, HPV, and meningitis among many others.

Experts fear that hospital systems may become overwhelmed if the correct precautions aren’t taken.

“Immunizations protect against health problems, hospitalization, or even death,” said George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP, President, ACP, in a press release. “They also help prevent the spread of disease, especially among those who are most vulnerable to serious complications.”

Patients are encouraged to speak with their physician to decided which vaccines are best for them.

Influenza immunizations are up from previous years. In a 2019-2020 study of adults who received the flu vaccine, vaccination rates were up 3 percent. However, this trend does not carry over to communities of color, where vaccination coverage is lower.

The ACP urges everyone to visit their vaccine information center to find links to important resources and answers to questions.

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