How do I know if I have COVID-19 or seasonal influenza (flu)?
The symptoms of COVID-19 and the symptoms of the seasonal influenza (flu) are very similar: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue (tiredness), sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle pain or body aches, and headache.
The only way to know for sure whether you have COVID-19, the flu, or another cold virus is to get tested.
Is it safe to go to work or school if I feel sick?
Staying home from work, school or social events anytime you feel sick is one of the most important things you can do to protect your family, friends and community.
Why is it important that I get protected against the flu?
Getting the flu can be dangerous anytime, and protecting yourself with a vaccine is always wise. However, this year there is additional reasons why to get protected:
- People who get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time may be at even higher risk for severe complications and death.
- If you get very sick with the flu it can be difficult to get medical help. Doctors, clinics and hospitals may not be able to take care of as many flu patients as they normally do because there are so many people sick with COVID-19.
How can I protect myself and my community from the flu and COVID-19?
Get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine for the most protection.
- Both vaccines protect you, your family, and your community.
- Both vaccines make it less likely for you to get sick and spread illness to others. They also prevent you from getting dangerously ill if you do get sick.
Other things you can do to protect yourself and your community include:
- Stay home from work, school or social events anytime you feel sick
- Wear a mask, even if you’re vaccinated
- Practice social distancing
- Wash hands and surfaces frequently
Can I get the flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?
Yes, it is safe and effective to get both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time.
Can children receive a flu vaccine?
Yes, flu vaccines are safe for children.