Be Flu and COVID-19 Ready

Getting a flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19; however, just like wearing a mask, a flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death.

Wearing a mask and getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more critical than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu, but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources taxed because of COVID-19. Together, we can keep Gaston safe.

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Stay Safe, Together

Getting a flu vaccine and wearing a mask during the 2020-2021 flu season is more important than ever.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

Because flu spreads are similar to COVID-19, wearing a cloth face covering can help prevent flu spread.

COVID-19 vs. Flu

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

If you think you are sick with COVID-19 or the flu, you should contact your primary care provider immediately.