We spoke to the effects COVID-19 has on the brain, and while there is still much unknown about the long-lasting effects of an infection, recovery from severe symptoms can be life-altering. While the goal for everyone should be to avoid infections of both COVID-19 and the flu, having both at the same time may be too much for one body to fight successfully.
The Flu Vaccine Controversy
Medical professionals are urging everyone to prepare and prevent further infections by getting their flu vaccine this year. Even with the above-mentioned statistics, fewer than half the U.S. population get their flu vaccine every year. This number is too low, especially when considering that the flu vaccine lowers the risk of contracting the virus in general populations by 40-60%.
While some people simply don’t want to get their flu shot, scientists and medical professionals agree that this year, it’s time. It is recommended that patients who think they have a COVID-19 infection, or are recovering from one, hold off on getting the flu vaccine due to the hardships and attacks on their already fragile immune system. If symptoms of your infection are not severe, and do not require hospitalization, it’s best to reach out to your medical provider and schedule a virtual meeting to assess your treatment.
Symptoms of both infections can be similar, so in the event you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call your doctor’s office to seek treatment.
Symptoms the Flu and COVID-19 have in common:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle pain
Additional COVID-19 symptoms:
- Coughs are dry and more severe
- The onset of COVID symptoms typically take closer to 5 days from infection to present
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shaking accompanied by chills
- Loss of smell and taste
Getting the flu vaccine during COVID-19 can be pivotal in preventing severe health complications for yourself, but can also help alleviate some of the burden the pandemic combined with flu season has on our healthcare system. It’s best to confer with your doctor or medical professional if you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of either viral infection.
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