The single best way to protect yourself from influenza (the flu) is to get a flu shot every year. Flu shots will be even more important this year because of COVID-19.
A flu shot will not protect you against COVID, but it will reduce your risk of getting sick with the flu virus. It will also help lower the workload for our healthcare workers and ensure limited health care resources are avilable for patients with severe illness from COVID-19.
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot this year, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. It is best to get a flu shot early in the fall, if possible, so that you will have several months of protection against the flu. Your body will take 2 weeks to build up immunity to flu after you get your shot, so don't wait until flu viruses start to spread in our community.
Is it the flu or COVID-19?
The flu usually starts suddenly and may include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, tiredness, and sometimes diarrhea or vomitting.
Since COVID-19 has similar symptoms, it is important to get a flu shot so that your doctor can more easily determine what is making you sick. There is no vaccine available yet for COVID-19.
What if COVID is spreading?
It is especially important to get a flu shot if COVID-19 is spreading in our community. Flu shots provide important protection for your health.
When you go to get a flu shot, wear a facemask, wash your hands, and keep a distance of at least six feet from people around you.
Check with your public health agency for information on drive through flu shot clinics and other options.
Flu shots cause COVID-19?
There is no evidence that getting a flu vaccination increases your risk of getting sick from a coronavirus, like COVID-19.
Researchers in Canada did a study and found that flu vaccination did not increase the risk for seasonal corona viruses. Instead, the study showed flu vaccinations have protective benefits.