Flu Season 2021-2022: Your Questions Answered
It is that time of year once again - flu season. Flu season usually begins in October and then intensifies between December and February. While flu cases were low during the 2020-2021 season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe the flu will make a comeback this year due to relaxed COVID-19 regulations.
The flu is a contagious disease caused by various strains of viruses that attack the respiratory tract. It can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. To protect yourself from the flu, the best time to get the flu vaccine is in late October.
We answered your top questions regarding the 2021-2022 flu season:
Can I get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
According to the CDC, it is possible to have the flu and other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 at the same time. It’s especially important to get your flu vaccine this year because symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are very similar. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you should call your provider for a COVID-19 test.
- Fever or feeling feverish/having chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Change in or loss of taste or smell, although this is more frequent with COVID-19.
Does the flu vaccine interfere with the COVID-19 vaccine?
According to the CDC, the flu vaccine does not interfere with the COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time, as neither vaccine will affect the other.
Should I get a flu vaccine this year?
According to the CDC, nearly everyone who is six months old or older should get a flu vaccine. Even though the flu vaccine isn’t 100% effective in preventing the flu, the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from getting it.
Should I get a flu vaccine if I’m pregnant?
Women’s Health Connecticut recommends that pregnant women received the flu vaccination. Even if you’ve had flu before, changes in your immune, heart, and lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to get seriously ill from flu. If you are pregnant, you may get a flu shot at your prenatal care visit with your Women’s Health Connecticut provider.