Flu season is right around the corner, along with the risk of a twindemic. This year, it is even more crucial to understand the risks of the flu, why flu shots are essential and how the flu compares to COVID-19.
Five Fast Flu Facts to Know
- The flu is a respiratory illness caused by various influenza viruses. The two main types are A and B.
- The best way to prevent influenza is to get the recommended vaccine every year.
- The flu spreads through droplets released through sneezing, coughing or even talking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- People are most contagious within the first three to four days of symptoms occurring; however, some people can spread the flu a day before they show symptoms and up to seven days after symptoms occur.
- People over the age of 65, people with chronic conditions, pregnant women and children under the age of 5 are at high risk of developing severe flu complications.
Who should get the flu shot?
It is recommended by the CDC that everyone over 6 months of age get the shot unless they have an allergy related to the flu vaccine.
When should I get my flu shot?
The CDC recommends that you get your flu shot during September or October, but vaccination can
continue into January as the flu season continues.
When Is flu season?
Flu season in the U.S. is mainly in the fall and winter and peaks between December and February, according to the CDC. The peak can vary, so visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
Flu and COVID-19 FAQs
How are the flu and COVID-19 different?
The flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses. It appears that COVID-19 spreads more easily and can make people more seriously ill, according to the CDC. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
Can you get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes. It is possible. Scientists are still studying how common it is to get both.
How do I know if I have the flu or COVID-19?
The flu and COVID-19 share symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat and more. Flu symptoms will range from mild to severe while COVID-19 tends to cause more severe illnesses. COVID-19 can also cause loss of smell and taste.
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