Seasonal Influenza (Flu) & COVID-19 Vaccines

 

Layer up this winter.

Get your flu and COVID shots.

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Protect yourself and those around you during flu season and get your COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time. They are available in nearly every pharmacy, doctor’s office, and even curbside.

COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Flu vaccines are often available at little to no cost.

This winter, layer your protections and keep you, your family and your loved ones safe. Get your flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine together.

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About the Flu

The flu is a contagious respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Those at high risk for serious flu complications include older people, young children, pregnant women, people with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems. Some of those same groups are also at high risk of complications from COVID-19. 

During October through May, NCDHHS’ Division of Public Health provides weekly updates on the spread of respiratory diseases, including influenza and COVID-19, in North Carolina. 

Get Vaccinated—for both flu and COVID-19

The first and most important step in protecting you and your family from the flu and COVID-19 virus is to get vaccinated, and it is more important than ever with this flu season coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact your health care provider or visit vaccinefinder.org to find a convenient location to get a flu vaccination near you.

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Symptoms

Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19 and can include:  

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Fatigue (tiredness)  
  • Sore throat  
  • Runny or stuffy nose  
  • Muscle pain or body aches  
  • Headache  
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults  

Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, including common signs and symptoms listed above. COVID-19 seems to cause more serious illnesses in some people. Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell. 

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, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. 

Learn more about the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

North Carolina Immunization Branch