Flu during COVID-19: Why it is critical to receive a flu shot this year
In an effort to understand the flu and how COVID-19 will impact the virus this season, family medicine provider Dr. Sang Won with Pacific Medical Centers has provided valuable insights on why it’s not only important but critical, to receive a flu shot this year.
While it is always important to get the flu shot – especially this year as we battle COVID-19 – it is also important to note that flu vaccines do not cause the flu. It is made up of the inactivated virus, meaning it is no longer infectious.
The process of getting a flu shot this year will be slightly different. At Pacific Medical Centers, you will need to make an appointment before you can receive a flu shot.
After you receive a flu shot, you can further decrease your chance of contracting the flu by following these steps:
- Avoid close contact – continue practicing safe, social distancing
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- If you are sick or have flu-like symptoms, limit your contact with others until you are feeling better or fever-free for 24-hours