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Influenza vs. COVID-19
What you need to know.
Getting your annual flu vaccine helps reduce your risk of contracting influenza and its severity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, some symptoms of influenza, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses are similar. Any differences between these illnesses cannot be made based on symptoms alone. Testing is needed to tell which illness it is and to confirm a diagnosis.
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Flu
What are seasonal flu symptoms?
Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and people who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (tiredness)
- some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How will I know if I have flu or COVID-19?
Differences between flu and COVID-19 illnesses cannot be made based on symptoms alone. Testing is needed to tell which illness it is and to confirm a diagnosis.
For more on COVID-19 testing at Doctors Care click here.
Will a flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?
Flu vaccines are not designed to protect against COVID-19. Flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. The flu vaccine does not prevent you from getting COVID-19 nor will it make you more likely to contract COVID-19 or other respiratory infections.
Should I still get a flu vaccine if COVID-19 is spreading in my community?
Yes. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health every year. For flu vaccinations, you may walk-in to any Doctors Care center—no appointments needed.
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High Risk Patients*
As a reminder, people at greater risk of severe disease or complications when infected are:
*Please make your healthcare provider aware if you qualify as a high-risk patient, or if you are the guardian of a patient who is high-risk.