Sunday, October 25, 2020

COVID-19 and the Flu: How to Fight the Two

The novel coronavirus and influenza may be different viruses, but they can be fought in many of the same ways, most of which we’ve become all too familiar with since March.

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The primary difference is there is a vaccine available now to protect you against the flu, while we wait for one to arrive for COVID-19.

Today, with influenza season on its way, County health officials are encouraging San Diegans to get vaccinated to prevent getting the flu.

“Influenza and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses. You must do all you can to prevent getting both at the same time,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Get a flu shot now and continue taking the recommended precautions that work at preventing both viruses.”

Where to Get a Flu Shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop.

Free Flu Clinics in Coronado, October 5 and 9, 2020

In Coronado, Sharp Coronado Hospital’s annual Community Flu Clinic will be held on October 5 and October 9 from 11 am to 4 pm. The clinic will offer free flu shots and will be stationed outside of the Sandermann Auditorium entrance on Soledad Place.

* Note that high dose flu vaccines will not be available at these clinics.

The Sharp Coronado Community Pharmacy will be offering flu shots Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. High dose flu vaccines are available at the Community Pharmacy for those wishing this vaccine and are 65 years of age or older.

For more information on Flu Care and Flu FAQs,
visit Flu Care in San Diego.

The influenza vaccine is also available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies and is covered by medical insurance. People with no health care coverage can get vaccinated at one of the County’s six public health centers or a local community clinic. To find the nearest location, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211 San Diego.

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“The influenza vaccine is safe and effective,” Wooten said. “Get vaccinated now so that you can get protected when influenza begins to spread.”

A County employee gets a flu shot
A County employee gets a flu shot. Photo: County of San Diego

Tips to Prevent the Flu and COVID-19

The novel coronavirus and influenza are both spread from person to person, especially indoors and in crowded places.

Here are some tips to help you prevent COVID-19 and the flu:

  • Wash your hands properly and regularly or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands.
  • If you’re sick, stay home and isolate yourself from others.
  • Use a face covering when in public and close to others. They prevent spreading germs and viruses.
  • Maintain physical distance from others.
  • Avoid crowded places to decrease your risk of exposure.

Last season, a total of 20,711 lab-confirmed flu cases were reported in the region and 108 San Diegans died from complications from influenza.

Through Sept. 30, a total of 47,180 COVID-19 cases have been reported in San Diego County, including 783 deaths.

More information about influenza and COVID-19 is available at www.sdiz.org and www.coronavirus-sd.com, respectively.

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com
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