Getting a flu shot this season is even more important due to COVID-19

Winter brings with it darker days and cooler temperatures, but also an increase in respiratory illnesses, like the flu. With the risk of COVID-19 increasing as people head indoors, it is recommended to get a flu vaccine to reduce the risk of getting the flu, severe illness, and hospitalization. This helps minimize the need for medical attention and ensures hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices can care for COVID-19 patients and their health needs.

Getting a flu shot is more important than ever. Not only does it prevent flu medical visits, but since it shares some symptoms with COVID-19, getting a flu shot can help avoid confusion, unnecessary quarantine and testing, and stress over potential COVID-19 symptoms.

“In addition to decreasing the number of activities outside the home, wearing a mask whenever in public and social distancing, getting a flu shot is one of the most important actions you can take at this point in time to stay healthy and aid in our community-wide response to the pandemic,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said.

On-site flu vaccines have ended for 2020 at King County. Employees and their family members who have not yet received their vaccine should visit their primary care provider’s office or local pharmacies to get a flu shot vaccine. To easily find pharmacy and clinic locations where vaccines are available based by zip code, use the online HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

Read more about the importance of getting a flu shot from Balanced You, Public Health Insider, and Dr. Duchin.