Flu Vaccine and COVID-19
The flu vaccine is more important than ever in 2020.
We recommend getting your flu vaccine every year and 2020 is no different, but we are stressing it even more because of the similarities between the flu and COVID-19. We answer some of your most frequently asked questions about getting a flu shot.
What is influenza?
The flu is described by the CDC as a “contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.” In order to help prevent this potentially serious disease that can sometimes lead to death is to get vaccinated during each flu season. Each year seems to give us a different flu season which in turn affects individuals differently.
Flu symptoms include:
- Body/muscle aches
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- and others…
It is believed that the flu virus spreads mainly through coughing, sneezing, and talking. These actions produce droplets that can land in another person’s mouth or nose. Another way a person may get the flu is by touching a surface with the virus on it, then touching the eyes, mouth, or nose.
When is Flu Season 2020-2021?
The 2020-2021 flu season in the United States occurs during the fall and winter months, even though we can see influenza activity year-round. The “peak” season typically happens between December and February, but it can vary and in some cases last longer.
Is it safe to get a flu shot this year?
We are taking measures as always to keep our patients safe. Social distancing and mask utilization are still a priority, as well as calling us to make an appointment. Call us in Yanceyville at 336-694-9331 or in Eden at 336-864-2795 to find out more information about how you can get your flu shot at CFMC and JAHC. You can visit CDC’s COVID-19 suggestions for doctor’s visits and running essential errands here.
Will the flu shot keep me safe from COVID-19?
The flu vaccination is designed to keep you from getting sick with influenza. The symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, so testing will help determine if an individual is sick with either COVID-19 or the flu. The flu shot is especially important for those individuals with chronic health conditions such as COPD. It is possible to have the flu in conjunction with COVID-19, but health experts as of now can’t predict how common this will be, according to the CDC. There is no evidence that getting a flu vaccine will increase the risk of coronavirus.
When should I get my flu shot?
It is recommended to get your flu shot in October. The sooner, the better, but try to get it before the end of the month. You can do your part to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses in your community and reduce the burden on the healthcare system during this pandemic.
Appointments are encouraged. Call Caswell Family Medical Center in Yanceyville or James Austin Health Center in Eden to schedule with us.