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get your flu shotThings to Know This Flu Season

The flu is caused by several influenza viruses (which are not the same as the virus that causes COVID-19). Most flu outbreaks happen in late fall and winter. Getting a flu shot in the autumn can help prevent the virus for the entire flu season. Most people with the flu get better after a few weeks, but they can pass it to other people who are higher risk of health problems, such as babies, pregnant women, older adults, and people with other serious illnesses. Find out the symptoms of the flu and what to do if you get sick.

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The COVID-19 Symptom Checker

It can be hard to know if you have COVID-19 since it shares symptoms with many other conditions. The best way to know for sure is to get a test, which uses a swab of fluid from your nose or throat. Signs of COVID-19 are a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. If you believe you have COVID-19 and your symptoms are mild, call your doctor to find out what you should do. Use our COVID-19 Symptom Checker to decide when to see a doctor.

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Should My Family and I Get Flu Shots?

Flu vaccines protect you and the people around you. This is especially true this year, when hospitals may also struggle to care for people with COVID-19. A flu vaccination reduces your risk of going to the hospital. Most people age 6 months or older should get a flu shot this fall. Some people are at high risk for problems from the flu, so it’s important that as many people as possible get vaccinated. Learn more about why immunizations are the best way to prevent the flu and the different kinds of vaccines that are available.

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What Should I Do if I Get COVID-19?

Having COVID-19 can be scary, but most people do recover. If you do get it, be sure to get plenty of rest and treat your fever. You should also do what you can to avoid spreading COVID-19 to anyone else. Stay home, wear a face mask when around other people, call ahead before going to the doctor, and stay at least 6 feet away from the people around you. Read on for links to reliable coronavirus information.

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Social Media Teasers

  • Influenza isn’t the same as COVID-19. Learn more about the flu, how to prevent it, and symptoms to watch for.
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  • Worried you might have COVID-19? Use our COVID-19 Symptom Checker to decide when to see a doctor.
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  • Getting a flu shot is more important than ever this fall! Learn more about who needs one and what kinds are available.
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  • Having COVID-19 can be scary. Find links to reliable coronavirus information and learn what to do if you get sick.
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