The new coronavirus is still here and, unfortunately, flu season is also on its way. It’s not possible to definitively predict what will happen in the weeks and months to come, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading this fall and winter. See the infographic below to help better recognize the symptoms of both.
There's no vaccine available yet that can prevent you from getting the coronavirus, but the flu shot is your single best defense against catching influenza. According to Banner Health, the best time to get a flu shot is between September and November. Flu shots are available at all Banner Urgent Care locations. You can reserve your spot online, so you don’t have to wait.
Ways to Prevent Sickness
While the single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall, having good health habits and following the recommended safety protocols currently in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 can also help stop the spread of disease.
To stay healthy during flu season, Banner Health recommends:
- Getting your flu shot.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when you are sick.
- Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Washing your hands frequently.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.