Bay Area Health Officials #FightFlu, Urge Flu Shots

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She says getting the flu vaccine is a good precaution at any time, but with COVID-19 continuing to circulate there's an added incentive this year.

The Fairfax County Health Department and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) have joined forces to offer a series of free flu vaccination clinics at senior centers across the county.

Stay tuned to and its social media channels for the latest updates in flu vaccinations.

Fairfax County is also holding flu vaccine clinics for adults and children 6 months or older at the Herndon Reston District Health Office on October 24 and the Mount Vernon District Health Office on November 7. Some of these same groups are also at high risk of complications from COVID-19.

But vaccination has many other benefits and is part of a comprehensive public health strategy to reduce the burden of flu.

Not to mention the confusion factor: The illnesses have such similar early symptoms that people who get the flu may mistakenly think they have COVID-19, said Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic. Of those 186 deaths, 105 were people age 65 and older and five were under the age of 18. "It takes time for your body to respond to the vaccine, so we want that flu shot to be working".

Director of the Coastal Health District, Dr. Lawton Davis says it's important to get your flu shot now more than ever because health experts are unsure how the flu will react to COVID-19. Getting your flu shot every year is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from the complications, hospitalizations, or death that flu can cause.

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Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies.

How can I tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

State health officials recommend getting a flu vaccine to prevent getting sick or to ensure a "milder" case of the flu.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.

DPH's surveillance for the 2020-21 flu season began September 27 and will continue through late May. "And even if you do get the flu during the flu season, having a flu shot on board will keep you from having complications and hopefully prevent you from being hospitalized due to the flu".

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