The flu, or influenza, infects millions of people every year. Though common, the flu can be dangerous for older people, babies and people with weak immune systems. Nearly 500,000 people ended up in the hospital because of the flu during the 2018–2019 flu season. The best treatment? Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone age 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses. COVID-19, influenza and colds are all caused by viruses. While colds are common and generally mild, both COVID-19 and the flu can be serious or life-threatening. Having these viruses at the same time could be extremely dangerous.
Staying healthy helps make sure there’s room in the hospital for people who are seriously ill. The best way to avoid the flu is by getting a flu shot. Flu shots can also help you avoid becoming sick with both viruses simultaneously. A vaccine for COVID-19 is in the works, but not yet available.
If you suspect you have COVID-19, review our resources page for more information.