What is a flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine provides immunization for seasonal influenza. There are many strains of the flu, so each year scientists have to guess which strains they think will be most prevalent in the US. This is done by looking at which strains appeared in the Southern Hemisphere, like South America, because they experience winter before us.
Who should get a flu shot during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Anyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot, but some groups might need a flu shot more. This includes adults over the age of 65, individuals who are immunocompromised, or those who have been diagnosed with another medical condition, like diabetes or asthma, because they are at an increased risk for COVID-19 and Flu complications.
There is a lot of different flu vaccines. Which one should I get?
Most doctors will administer an egg based trivalent (3 strain) vaccine or a Quadrivalent (4 strain) vaccine. This is why your doctor will ask you if you are allergic to eggs before giving you your shot.
If you are over the age of 65, your doctor might recommend that you receive a high dose vaccine. This vaccine offers 4 times the amount of antigen (immune response) to help your body build a stronger immunity.
Will I still be able to get my flu shot vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes! Most doctor’s offices are still open, but they might be taking some extra precautions. Call ahead to know what their new polices are during the pandemic so you feel safe and prepared going in to see them. If you do not have a doctor, visit this link to find a provider who will help give you a flu shot: https://www.vaccinefinder.org/.
Is the flu the same as COVID-19?
No, but they do share some characteristics. Both viruses might cause a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and muscle pains. COVID-19 might also cause loss of smell and taste.
If I have been currently diagnosed with COVID-19 or think that I currently have it, should I get my flu shot?
No. You need to wait until you are recovered to get your flu shot. If you tested positive and you never had symptoms, you will need to wait for your stay-at-home period to end.
Can I have both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes. This is why flu shots and testing is very important this year.
Does the flu shot protect me from COVID-19?
No, but the flu shot does have other health benefits. This includes reducing the risk of flu illness, hospitalizations, and death.
My question wasn’t answered here. Do you have more information about flu and COVID-19?
All of our information was collected from the CDC. If you have any other questions, please visit their website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm