Does the flu vaccine have the COVID-19 vaccine in it?
No, there is currently not a vaccine available for COVID-19. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits.
Is it possible to have influenza and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes, it is. There are different tests to determine if you have each of the different viruses.
Is there a test that can detect both flu and COVID-19?
Yes. CDC has developed a test that will check for A and B type seasonal flu viruses and SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This test will be used by U.S. public health laboratories. Testing for these viruses at the same time will give public health officials important information about how flu and COVID-19 are spreading and what prevention steps should be taken. The test will also help public health laboratories save time and testing materials, and to possibly return test results faster.
Is COVID-19 more dangerous than flu?
Flu and COVID-19 can both result in serious illness, including illness resulting in hospitalization or death. While there is still much to learn about COVID-19, at this time, it does seem as if COVID-19 is more deadly than seasonal influenza; however, it is too early to draw any conclusions from the current data. This may change as we learn more about the number of people who are infected who have mild illnesses.
Will the Flu vaccine protect me from getting COVID-19?
No, but it will help protect you against the flu. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources. It is very important to get the approved vaccines or EUA authorized COVID-19 vaccines. You can even get both the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.
Does a flu vaccination increase your risk of getting COVID-19?
There is no evidence that getting a flu vaccination increases your risk of getting sick from a coronavirus, like the one that causes COVID-19. In fact, getting your flu vaccine (along with the COVID vaccine) will reduce your chances of contracting BOTH flu AND COVID-19 virus.
Will there be flu along with COVID-19 in the fall and winter?
While it’s not possible to say with certainty what will happen in the fall and winter, CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the COVID-19 virus will both be spreading. In this context, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever.
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