While we are all focusing on our safety and health efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, we must also not forget about the flu season. Even though the flu is not the same thing as coronavirus, some of their earlier symptoms may be similar. This can make it even harder to tell whether you have the coronavirus, the flu, or something else. Vaccines are an essential part of care for everyone and, getting an influenza vaccine — though not 100% effective — is the best way to prevent the misery of the flu and its complications. Being vaccinated against the flu would at least reduce the risk of getting the flu.
Does the flu shot protect against COVID-19?
No. Flu and coronavirus are different diseases caused by different viruses. However, as discussed above, their symptoms could be similar. You are advised to visit your doctor if you notice any signs.
Why should I still get a flu shot?
There will always be a flu season, and simultaneous flu and COVID-19 outbreaks could overwhelm the healthcare system. In addition to minimizing the risk of catching and spreading the flu, a flu vaccine would prevent you from having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time or back to back. And combating both diseases at or around the same time may have significant consequences.
Who should take the vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months or older and especially those most at risk: children younger than age 5, seniors 65 and older, pregnant women, and people who have an impaired immune system for any reason.
After how many days or weeks will I be protected from the flu?
It takes up to 2 weeks to build immunity after a flu shot, but you can benefit from the vaccine even if you don’t get it until after the flu season starts.
Can the vaccine give me the flu?
No. The flu vaccine wouldn’t give you the flu. It also does not increase your risk of COVID-19. But you may experience flu-like symptoms — despite getting a flu vaccine.
Are Flu vaccines safe?
Yes! Flu vaccines have been used for a million years and can have no side effects at all. However, people are likely to have a sore arm for a day or two. Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Get the Flu Shot today and keep the viruses away!
– Disclaimer –
This blog is for informational and educational purposes only, and does not intend to substitute for any professional medical advice or consultation to your family care doctor. For any physical examination or medical advice contact primary care physician, or book an appointment with our board-certified doctors at Manhattan Medical Arts. In case of any emergency, Please contact to national emergency helpline 911 or rush to your nearest hospital for first aid treatment
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About The AuthorDr. Syra Hanif M.D.
Board Certified Primary Care Physician
Dr. Syra Hanif is a board-certified Primary Care Physician (PCP) dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centered healthcare.Read More