You’ve been doing your best to stay healthy for months. Wearing a mask, social distancing at least six feet and washing your hands to fight the novel coronavirus. Good for you! Thank you! Keep it up!
Prepare and Protect YOURSELF and YOUR Family!
THE CHOICE IS YOURS! What You Need to Know:
- The flu (Influenza) is a HIGHLY contagious disease that can be serious and lead to death.
- The flu, like COVID-19, is a viral infection of the respiratory tract.
- COVID-19 IS hard to fight off if you get the flu.
- Anyone can get the flu, regardless of age or health status.
- Individuals who are at high-risk for developing flu symptoms are:
- Adults over 65
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic medical conditions
- Health care workers
- Flu symptoms include:
- fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (tiredness)
- some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*Not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Consult with your health care provider before getting a flu vaccine. Protect Yourself! Protect Your Family!
- Most people who get flu will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people develop complications.
- SOME of the steps you take to fight COVID-19 are the same STEPS to take to avoid flu. KEEP wearing a mask, social distancing at least six feet and washing your hands.
- A flu shot can help prevent the flu and reduce flu symptoms.
- 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. Testing may help confirm a diagnosis.
- For COVID-19 testing sites, click here.
- Visit Vaccinate STL to find out where to get a free flu vaccination
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
- How might flu affect me or my family?
- Am I a high-risk individual?
- Do I live with or care for a high-risk individual?
- Am I someone who could develop complications, such as pneumonia, as a result of flu?
- Visit Vaccinate STL to find out where to get a free flu vaccination.