Does the flu shot affect my chances of getting COVID-19?

The flu shot protects you from the seasonal flu, not the coronavirus, but avoiding the flu is especially important this year.

Health officials and medical groups are urging people to get the flu shot by injection or nasal spray so that neither doctors nor hospitals face the added burden of having to treat the flu amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Not to mention the confounding factor: The early symptoms of the two diseases are so similar that people with the flu may mistakenly think they have COVID-19, said Dr Gregory Poland, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic.

Only a test can distinguish them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu shot from 6 months old and suggests getting it at the end of October.

According to the CDC, the vaccine will keep you from getting sick with the flu, and the protection it offers takes about two weeks to take effect. While the flu shot isn’t perfect, studies show that if people who get vaccinated get sick, they don’t seriously do it.

Some flawed studies over the years have attempted to link the flu vaccine to an increased risk of other respiratory infections, but experts say there is no evidence that this is true.

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