The dreaded time of the year has finally arrived – the confluence of the flu season and COVID 19. Both are respiratory illnesses, but the flu is the only one with a vaccine. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccination to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the population and to decrease overloading the healthcare system during the COVID pandemic. As we watch COVID cases increase in Ohio and in our county, it is important to do everything possible to conserve health care resources.
COVID 19 is still relatively new and there is a lot that is just not known yet. Scientists are still researching the disease, but there are several things that are facts.
- The flu and COVID are contagious respiratory diseases caused by different viruses.
- Some symptoms of the flu and COVID are similar, but testing is needed to confirm a COVID diagnosis.
- There is a test for the flu and a test for COVID. Taking a test for both at the same time will help scientists learn more about how the flu and COVID are spreading as well as steps for prevention.
- A flu vaccine will not provide protection against COVID.
- Both the flu and COVID are serious illnesses and both can cause hospitalization or death.
Flu vaccines are available at Cincinnati Health Centers.
Call (513) 357.7320 for an appointment.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- Enroll, reenroll or change your insurance plan for 2021 through the Open Enrollment Health Insurance Marketplace: November 1 – December 15, 2020
- Change your Managed Care Plan (MCP): Ohio Medicaid November 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison