We live in questionable times, which means we cannot prepare ourselves enough. Between COVID-19 and influenza on the rise, we can mask up, wash our hands frequently, and keep socially distant all we want, but another important factor regarding our protection is getting vaccinated. Influenza is contagious, a respiratory disease affecting the nose, throat, and lungs, brought on by either strain of Type A or B viruses. Why take that risk? Protect yourselves and others by getting your flu vaccine today with Premier Family Medical.
COVID-19 & Influenza
COVID-19 and the flu may have a lot in common. Both of which are respiratory illnesses that come from a virus, as well as their symptoms, and the duration of their illness. However, they are not the same virus.
Despite that, let’s discuss how they are similar. Both can be caught if within close enough proximity, which is why it’s recommended for you to maintain six feet of social distance. But what spreads the virus? By talking, coughing, sneezing, or even by touching (for example, anyone infected touches a counter space and then someone else touches their eyes, nose, mouth). Anyone nearby is susceptible to catching it.
They share parallel symptoms. COVID-19 and the flu will give you a fever, cough, sore throat, sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, shortness of breath (or difficulty breathing), fatigue, chills, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, or nausea. These symptoms range from mild to severe. You may even be asymptomatic with COVID-19.
Therefore, it’s difficult to determine which it is that you have. Getting tested will tell you for sure. Getting vaccinated, on the other hand, can help decrease your chances of catching either and likely make your symptoms less severe and last for a shorter duration if you do happen to catch one.
One of the many differences between COVID-19 and the flu is the timing in which it takes for you to feel symptoms.
COVID-19: 2-14 days post-exposure.
Influenza: 1-4 days post-exposure.
You may also experience loss of taste or smell with COVID-19 and would not with the flu.
When is Flu and Cold Season?
Flu season in North America is from October through May. Waves of the flu and COVID-19 may emerge at the same time, which means it is more than possible to contract them both.
What are the Complications Associated with the Flu?
The recovery period for the flu is up to two weeks. And while it’s misery to deal with the symptoms associated with the flu, sometimes the illness takes a turn for the worst. Some complications include dehydration, inflammation of the heart, pneumonia, sepsis, ear infections—more severe cases lead to hospital care and even potentially death.
Is it Possible to Have Both the Flu and COVID at the Same Time?
Yes, as they are two different diseases. COVID-19 originates from the SARS-CoV-2, while influenza stems from either Type A or Type B of the influenza virus. So, it is quite possible to catch both at the same time.
It is also safe to receive vaccines for both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.
How Old Should I Be to Receive a Vaccine & Who is at Risk?
Everyone above the age of 6 months should receive an annual flu vaccine.
Children, those 65 and older, and individuals suffering from autoimmune deficiencies have a higher chance of being susceptible to the flu. Pregnant women may fall into labor prematurely.
What Does the Vaccine Do?
The vaccine produces helpful antibodies that combat the influenza virus, giving your body the ability to reduce the severity of the illness if you happen to catch it. It is particularly useful for those who work in high-volume settings, such as the medical field, or the educational field. It never hurts to have that extra layer of protection.
Receiving it would decrease your risk significantly of hospitalization, especially while hospital personnel are already fraught fighting the battle of COVID-19. The probability of heart attack decreases, further protects pregnant women, as well as their newborns for the first few months after birth. The vaccine is also an aid for those suffering from chronic illnesses.
Is the Vaccine Safe?
Yes. The CDC works with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that vaccines are administered with minimal side effects and of the highest standards of safety. You may experience redness, soreness, or swelling at the injection site, along with a low-grade fever and aches. And if you’re wondering whether the vaccine will give you the flu, rest assured that you will not get the flu from a flu shot.
A Virus that is Never Consistent
With viruses constantly shifting, and newer ones emerging, it is more important now than ever to receive an annual vaccine to keep your body in check and up to date with this protective layer. Taking care of ourselves is a high priority and making sure we are well secured against these new and unknown strains is part of it.
We are Here for You
In these disturbing times, we sometimes wonder if there will be lighter days ahead. The most important thing we can do is continue to take the steps to further protect ourselves against COVID-19 and the flu. Act early, and don’t delay. Continue to wear your mask, be socially distant, wash your hands frequently, and be vaccinated. If you’re uncertain whether you have come down with either COVID-19 or the flu, do not hesitate and get tested. Fear is our worst enemy, and we are here to alleviate any of your concerns. Sometimes, a little peace of mind goes a long way.
We may live in a world of questions, but that does not mean we need to remain in a state of inquiry, worries, and what-ifs. Premier Family Medical has the answers and the solutions to all of your questions regarding getting a flu vaccine in the times of COVID-19. Contact us today at Premier Family Medical to schedule yours today here: https://www.clockwisemd.com/groups/310