COVID-19 And The Flu

Getting a flu shot has never been more critical than right now. With new COVID-19 cases every day, it is more important than ever to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu.

This season, getting a flu vaccine has the added benefit of reducing the overall burden on the health care system and saving medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients in Oklahoma. Now is the best time to get a flu vaccine.

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How can you tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

David Chansolme, M.D. talks about the differences between the flu and COVID-19.

On Your Health Blog: The Difference Between the Flu and COVID-19

We'll break down the differences between symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 as well as what other similarities and differences exist between the two viral diseases so you’re as prepared as possible heading into flu season.

FAQ: COVID-19 and Flu

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 (SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

*Source: CDC

No. There is a vaccine to protect against flu but there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

There are multiple FDA-licensed flu vaccines produced annually to protect against the 3 or 4 flu viruses that scientists anticipate will circulate each year.

Currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Vaccine developers and other researchers and manufacturers are expediting the development of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
*Source: CDC

An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. Proper hand hygiene and wearing a mask, just like we're doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, are both critical in avoiding contracting the flu.

People 65 years and older and younger children are at high risk of severe complications from the flu. Anyone with a weakened immune system or chronic health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or chronic kidney disease is also at high risk. Here is a list of higher risk groups:

  • Adults 65 Years and Older
  • Pregnant Women
  • Young Children

Those suffering from chronic and serious conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Heart Disease & Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Children with Neurologic Conditions
  • Chronic Kidney Disease

*Source: CDC

  • Call your primary care physician. If you do not have one, we can help you find one here.
  • Many drug stores like CVS and Walgreens offer walk-in flu shots.

Getting the flu vaccine doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, but it can reduce the symptoms and lower the risk of complications if you do become ill. 

Find a doctor – before you get the flu.

If you don’t have a physician to call your own, get one. Don’t wait until you’re sick to try to find a doctor. While an urgent care facility can help you when you have the flu, it’s really just a bandage. The best thing for your health is a physician who knows you and your unique health history. And we can help with that.



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