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Flu vaccine will be a key tool in effort to hinder the impact of Covid this winter

Angelica Resendiz, a registered nurse with the Malheur County Health Department shows one of the syringes used to deliver flu vaccine. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Area health officials say the flu vaccine may be even more important this year as the Covid epidemic continues to rage across Oregon and Idaho.

That’s because a severe flu season could push more people into area hospitals and complicate the already complex task of treating Covid patients.

“If we have an opportunity to reduce the incidence of flu and the impact it has on the health care system, then we absolutely want people to get their flu shot this year,” said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

The Covid epidemic promises to generate a flu season of unprecedented hurdles for health care professionals because many of . . .