Reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever due to COVID-19. 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) while 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 different between them based on symptoms. Testing for either virus may be needed to confirm a diagnosis.
The most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu shot each year - and this is not the year to skip it! Even though there is not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, we can still hope to reduce the spread of the flu with the flu vaccine shot.
Find more resources for this flu season here as well as upcoming flu vaccine clinics here.