January 10, 2023
COVID-19 and the flu appeared to be trending in opposite directions heading into 2023, according to the latest reports from the federal government.
Public health officials continue to monitor the spread of the flu after its early-season arrival and the rise of the XBB.1.5 variant as it gains traction around the world. The recombinant Omicron variant is increasing in the U.S. and Europe and has been identified in more than 25 countries.
“These findings demonstrate that XBB.1.5 is spreading quickly,” the CDC said in its latest weekly report. “At this time, CDC’s COVID-19 guidance remains the same about how people can best protect themselves from serious illness.”
HAP strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to stay up to date on their flu shots and COVID-19 vaccinations. Staying up to date on your vaccines ensures you have full protection during this season of respiratory illnesses.
Learn the latest on bivalent booster doses and where you can make an appointment in your neighborhood.
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