Because the 2020 National PA Week falls during a pandemic, it is especially significant. This year, PAs across the country have chosen to join together during National PA Week to remind the public how important vaccinations are and to encourage everyone to get a flu shot.
Disruptions to routine medical care have posed significant challenges for doctors and patients dealing with chronic health conditions. Now, experts are also worried that we might experience a resurgence in preventable illnesses among children because the pandemic has interrupted normal vaccine schedules.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a threat to our antibiotic infrastructure, which is already compromised due to a lack of new therapies. That threat makes antimicrobial stewardship even more important.
People have all sorts of reasons for not getting a flu shot each year—there aren’t any clinics nearby, some people may hate needles, others aren’t sure if it’s worth it, some people may be afraid it’s unsafe, many may not have time, and most of us just plain forget.