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COVID-19 and the Flu Shot: What You Need to Know

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect the upcoming flu season?

Overview

As Canadians continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is yet another virus season right around the corner: influenza.

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COVID-19 vs. Flu

One common myth around this year's pandemic is that a person can only get sick from either COVID-19 or the flu, but not both. In fact, it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and the flu, and this is something you want to avoid.

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What kind of flu season are we expecting this year, and when does it begin?

Flu season in Canada typically starts in October, but it can vary from season to season.

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Why do I need a flu shot if it doesn't protect me from COVID-19?

While the flu shot won't protect you from COVID-19, it's important to protect yourself from influenza to avoid what's been called a "twindemic" (overlapping pandemics of both COVID-19 and influenza) for several reasons:

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How is Canada preparing for the upcoming flu season?

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the highest order has been placed for this year's seasonal influenza vaccine. The flu vaccine is expected to be available for the public in most pharmacies and clinics starting in mid-October.

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