Preparing for the flu season during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

By Mayo Clinic Staff

March 3, 2022

It’s important to get your flu vaccine because the flu and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be circulating at the same time and cause similar symptoms.

Learn more about the similarities and differences of COVID-19 and the flu.

The flu vaccine doesn’t protect you from COVID-19. But the flu vaccine could reduce flu symptoms that could be confused with COVID-19 symptoms. The flu vaccine can also help lessen the impact on health care providers and hospitals by reducing the number of people with severe flu and hospitalized with the flu.

You might be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as your flu vaccine.

Follow these precautions to reduce the spread of flu and COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid anyone who is sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces often.
  • Take other precautions to reduce your risk of COVID-19. Get vaccinated. Practice social distancing indoors if you’re not vaccinated. And wear a face mask in indoor public spaces if you’re in an area with a high number of people with COVID-19 in the hospital and new COVID-19 cases, whether or not you’re vaccinated. The CDC recommends wearing the most protective mask possible that you’ll wear regularly, fits well and is comfortable.

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