Flu Season 2021-2022
Getting a flu vaccine can be an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season. This year, flu vaccination is very important because it can reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the community. By reducing the severity and impact of influenza, we hope to lessen the amount of preventable medical visits and hospitalizations. In turn, this will lessen the burden on the healthcare system and allow for resources to be used to fight COVID-19.
When to Get a Flu Vaccine this Flu Season
It's best to not wait for flu to start spreading in the community to get a flu vaccine.
September and October are generally good times to be vaccinated and ideally, everyone (6 months and older) should be vaccinated before the end of October.
While flu activity may be low in your community at this time, it could begin increasing at any time. Remember, after you are vaccinated, your body takes about two weeks to develop antibodies that protect against flu. Ideally, you should get vaccinated against flu by the end of October, but you can still get vaccinated against flu all the way into Spring 2022 to get protection. (9/27/21)
Similarities and Difference between Flu and COVID-19
For both COVID-19 and flu, 1 or more days can pass between when a person becomes infected and when he or she starts to experience illness symptoms.
If a person has COVID-19, it could take them longer to experience symptoms than if they had flu.
Typically, a person experiences symptoms anywhere from 1 to 4 days after infection. Flu Symptoms
Typically, a person experiences symptoms about 5 days after being infected, but symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after infection. COVID-19 Symptoms