(HealthDay News) -- The best time to get your flu shot is now if you want to protect yourself against a potential "twindemic" infection of influenza and COVID-19, experts say.
"Early September, at the very least early October, is the best time to get your flu shot. That really allows your body to build up the appropriate immune response in time for the peak prevalence of influenza in the community," Dr. Nadia Eltaki, director of clinical operations for Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., said during an interview.
(HealthDay News) -- Seniors are among those most at risk for dying from COVID-19, and so they've been urged to socially distance during the pandemic.
But experts fear this isolation, while protecting them from a potentially fatal infection, might be wearing away at their health in other ways.
"By older adults being less socially engaged and less active, they are absolutely seeing changes in physical function and in cognitive sharpness," Dr. Carla Perissinotto, associate chief of geriatrics clinical programs at the University of California, San Francisco, said during an interview.
Grandparents are best known for overindulging their grandchildren, not refusing their requests for visits. Yet that is the position in which many grandparents find themselves during this pandemic. To prevent contracting coronavirus from their grandchildren, they tell them to keep away until this health crisis finally passes. Or they agree to see them but maintain a safe but awkward distance, withdrawing from their hugs and avoiding their kisses.