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Why Getting a Flu Shot During a Pandemic is Important

The CDC recommends that all adults and children over the age of 6 months get a flu shot every year. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting a flu shot is more important now than ever. Here’s why: 


The CDC offers Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic

  • Routine vaccination prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits, hospitalizations, and further strain on the healthcare system.
  • Flu shots will be paramount to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses in the population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The difference between the flu and COVID-19

  • The 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 called SARS-CoV-2 and the flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.
  • Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness.
  • COVID-19 seems to cause more serious illnesses in some people. 
  • Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell.
  • Similar symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue 
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle pain or body aches
    • Headache
    • Vomiting or diarrhea

What does the flu shot do?

  • Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination.
  • The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
  • Most flu vaccines protect against four different types of flu viruses:
    • A (H1N1)
    • A (H3N2)
    • And 2 influenza B viruses

Most importantly, the CDC says there is no evidence that getting a flu vaccination increases your risk of getting sick from a coronavirus, like the one that causes COVID-19.

Flu shots are now available at both DoctorsCare locations with no appointments necessary.

DoctorsCare has been serving Clarksville, TN since opening in 2002.