The Flu

The flu shot is more important than ever this year with COVID-19. COVID-19 and the flu will both be spreading this season, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is important this year to protect yourself with a flu shot as it will help reduce the risk of serious illness and hospitalization, which lead to two of the biggest concerns, serious illness and hospital capacity with the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits such as, avoiding people who are sick, covering your mouth and nose when you cough, and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Other health habits include getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food.

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.

The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. The flu season can last until March, so you can still get the flu vaccine later. No matter when you get your flu shot, it will still be valuable to help protect you for the rest of the flu season. Talk to your provider about the best time to get your flu shot. Remember to ask about other vaccines you might need to protect yourself this year too.

Speak to your doctor to learn more about how to get the most out of a healthy lifestyle. For more resources on ways you can help protect yourself against the flu, visit: