How Is The Flu Different From COVID-19?

By: Trisha Korioth, AAP News, September 2020

Both the flu and COVID-19 are contagious and will be spreading this fall and winter. They have similar symptoms, so it can be hard to tell them apart. Fortunately, we have a vaccine to help prevent the flu . Make sure your child gets a flu shot by the end of October or as soon as possible. This is more important than ever this flu season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is a flu shot important? Children can get seriously ill from the flu, especially if they did not get a flu shot. During last year’s flu season, 188 children under 19 died of complications from influenza, according to the CDC. Typically, about 80% of children who die from flu are not vaccinated. That is why children 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine before the start of the flu season each year.

Where is the best place to get the flu shot for my child? The best place to get a flu shot is your pediatrician’s office. During the visit, your child can get other vaccinations if they are needed. Your child also can catch up on any routine care that you may have had to delay because ofthe pandemic.

Is it COVID- 19 or the flu? Both infections can cause no symptoms (asymptomatic) or include mild to severe symptoms. Flu symptoms show up about 1 to 4 days after being exposed to a sick person. COVID-19 symptoms appear about 2 to 14 days after being exposed to a sick person.

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November 2020