Flu vaccine may offer some protection from COVID-19, early data suggests

(WWJ) Getting a flu shot is especially important this year, health officials say.

While the coronavirus pandemic continues, doctors are concerned that hospitals could be overwhelmed this winter by an influx of both flu and COVID-19 patients.

But Dr. Matthew Sims, Director of Infectious Disease Research at Beaumont, Royal Oak, says getting your annual flu vaccine could be a good idea for another reason:

"There's some data -- and it's early data, it's very preliminary and nobody's proven it yet to anybody's satisfaction -- but it's suggestive that if you get your flu vaccine you may actually get some protection against COVID," Sims told WWJ Health Reporter Dr. Deanna Lites.

"And it's not that it pr