Preparing for Flu Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This flu season it is especially critical to prepare and begin prevention efforts early in order to stay healthy and provide an easier path to diagnosing a case of influenza or the active COVID-19 virus. Influenza is highly contagious and can spread quickly, especially through groups of people in close proximity including offices, dorms, classrooms, apartment buildings and your own home. The flu can be easily prevented with an annual vaccine and preventative measures.

Are there differences between COVID-19 and influenza?

While COVID-19 shares some similarities to the flu, they typically end with the fact that they are both upper respiratory infections and share some similar symptoms. COVID-19 is caused by person-to-person or surface-to-person transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which was only detected at the end of 2019. The flu is caused by a series of influenza viruses that continuously evolves throughout the year, which is why an annual flu shot is recommended to provide immunization each flu season. Both viruses can be fatal; however, the flu can be prevented with a flu shot and COVID-19 has been a pandemic with over 170,000 deaths in the United States in 2020. The flu can be quickly diagnosed with a rapid flu test at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter.

Is it possible to have the flu and COVID-19 at once?

Yes. However, it is unknown how common this may be and what side effects may stem from having both at once. Doctors around the world are continuing to perform research to determine what can happen in this case. By getting a flu shot, you will be able to protect yourself against the influenza virus and narrow down potential diagnoses for your physician, who will be able to advise you and arrange for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. A flu shot cannot be used as protection against COVID-19, but will provide immunity against the current strain of the influenza virus for up to six months, roughly the duration of flu season. Flu shots typically become available in September and can be administered on a walk-in basis. Because the flu shot takes about two weeks to take effect, getting the shot as early as possible allows you time to adjust to the flu shot prior to the virus taking hold in your community. 

Flu Shots & Influenza Treatment in Southcenter, Kent, Tukwila, Renton & SeaTac, WA

If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or are looking for a way to provide yourself and your family members with additional protection against the influenza virus this year, visit AFC Urgent Care Southcenter. We will be able to provide flu shots as well as treatment for general illness. For questions, please call 425-970-8117.