Similarities & Differences Between the Flu and COVID-19 - Dearborn Pediatrics
Dearborn Pediatrics

PARENTS: Flu vaccines are now in!

You do not need an appointment but would still need to call from the parking lot when you arrive for this nurse visit.

Children younger than 5 years old–especially those younger than 2– are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. A flu vaccine offers the best defense against flu and its potentially serious consequences and also can reduce the spread of flu to others. Getting vaccinated against flu has been shown to reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalization.

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!