Flu Season 2021: What You Need to Know

Flu Season 2021: What You Need to Know

WSJ Flu Season and COVID: How to Navigate a Potential ‘Twindemic’

The year 2021 has brought many challenges but has also put many things in perspective. We make efforts to keep ourselves and those around us healthy and safe. With that being said, we face another hurdle before 2021 ends: a rapidly approaching flu season. Since COVID-19 is still present, it will be difficult to differentiate it from the flu. Here is what you need to know to navigate flu season and COVID-19 in 2021.

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Flu & COVID-19: What You Need to Know

  • Flu and COVID-19 are different viruses with similar symptoms.
    • Symptoms both viruses share: fever or chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, sore throat, congestion, muscle or body aches, headache, and vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Both viruses are very contagious, and it can be days before any symptoms appear.
  • You CAN have both viruses at the same time.
  • There are tests that will check for flu A and flu B, as well as COVID-19. ProHealth has a rapid flu A, flu B, and COVID-19 antigen as a bundle, discounted price of $80.
  • Both flu and COVID-19 have vaccines. You can get both vaccines at the same time.

Flu 2021: What You Need to Know

  • The CDC estimates that 38 million illnesses were associated to the influenza in 2019-2020.
  • Flu vaccine: The vaccine will not prevent COVID-19 and will NOT make you more susceptible to COVID-19.
  • If suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you should reframe from taking the flu vaccine.
  • The composition of flu vaccines has been updated.
  • All flu vaccines will protect against four different flu viruses.
  • Flu test: You can get tested for both flu A & B.

COVID-19 2021: What You Need to Know

  • The CDC estimates 219 million cases of COVID-19 globally.
  • COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer (FDA approved), Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
  • COVID-19 test: There are various COVID-19 tests now available. Find out more about your COVID-19 testing options HERE.
  • COVID-19 symptom that differs from the flu: Change or/loss of taste and/or smell.

Why should I get a flu shot?

  • To protect yourself, your loved ones, and others from a potentially deadly virus.
  • To prevent contracting both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.
  • To help save medical resources for those who are suffering from COVID-19.
  • To help with herd immunity: the more vaccinated people there are, the less outbreaks in flu season 2021.

Who needs a flu shot?

  • Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended by the CDC for everyone of six months and up.
  • Essential workers and the critical workforce (healthcare personnel, emergency response workers, defense workers, service industry workers, etc).
  • People at increased risk for complications (pregnant women, infants and young children, adults 65 and over, anyone with a related medical condition).
  • People at risk for COVID-19.

Who should NOT get a flu shot?

  • Anyone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms, should postpone getting their flu shot.

How can I get a flu shot?

  • Find a local flu shot provider and make an appointment.
  • Many clinics and pharmacies are also taking walk-ins for flu vaccines.

How is ProHealth addressing Flu Season 2021?

  • We offer rapid flu A, flu B, and COVID-19 antigen test as a bundle, discounted price of $80. One nasal swab will be used to test for all three viruses.
  • We offer the flu vaccine at all 7 locations at the price of $37.
  • We can also come to your business to administer flu shots if you have 10 or more people (minor additional fee for LESS than 10 people).
  • We now offer five different types of COVID-19 testing, with pricing starting at $65.

Visit one of our nine locations for more for COVID-19 testing, flu vaccines, and all other services we offer!