COVID-19 & The Flu

Posted: October 1, 2021

As Fall approaches, you may have questions about this year’s flu season: How severe will it be? How contagious is flu? What happens if I get both the flu and COVID-19?

We can all play a part in avoiding a “twin-demic” by getting our flu vaccine now as it takes two weeks to build immunity. For families, flu shots are available for children including babies 6 months and up. Toddlers and infants under age 2 are in the highest risk group.

Symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are similar, so the only way to distinguish will be through testing. In the meantime, here’s some helpful information:

  • Influenza usually comes on suddenly and people with the flu are more likely to show symptoms.
  • This year's flu shot offers protection against the four major influenza viruses expected to be in circulation this season. Even if you catch a different strain of the flu, a flu shot can help reduce its severity and the likelihood that you will be hospitalized.
  • Flu vaccination can help reduce symptoms that might be confused with those caused by COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms, especially respiratory issues that could be either flu or COVID-19, your first course of action should be to contact your Primary Care provider for guidance. We recommend you call prior to a visit as to minimize exposure to others.

With the flu vaccine, we can all play a part to keep ourselves, our families and our community safe. You can even get your flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.

In order to minimize exposure, do not visit a flu clinic or medical setting if you have flu or Covid-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your provider prior to your visit to be connected with an appropriate medical professional.

Visit our flu shot page for more about why you should vaccinate and frequently asked questions.

Established NorthBay Center for Primary Care patients can schedule a flu shot appointment by calling (707) 301-4076.

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