What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu (influenza) vaccine for all children 6 months and older-ideally by the end of October. This year the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine.
For any office visit we continue to ask that the child be accompanied by only one adult who is not ill. Masks are mandatory for all patients and family members. CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a mask in public settings including our medical office. CDC guidelines are strictly enforced including as much social distancing as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us today. We’re happy to help!