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WHY ARE WE SEEING FLU NOW?Back to top
The use of masks, social distancing and restriction of movement meant that there were fewer cases of flu in 2020 and 2021.1,3
As non-pharmaceutical interventions like using masks and social distancing have been relaxed, flu cases are starting to increase. 1,3
CAN I BE INFECTED WITH FLU AND COVID-19 AT THE SAME TIME?Back to top
- Yes. It is possible to have flu and other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 at the same time. When someone is infected with an influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, this is called a co-infection4
- We are likely to have flu and COVID-19 virus’s circulating at the same time which will increase the chance of co-infection.4,5
- Prevent healthcare visits and severe COVID-19 and influenza by being vaccinated against both diseases.5,6
ARE YOU AT HIGH RISK FOR COMPLICATIONS FROM FLU?Back to top
- Individuals younger than 2 years
- Individuals older than 65 years
- Pregnant woman including the post-partum period
- Individuals who are morbidly obese
- Individuals infected with Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (TB) or Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Individuals with chronic diseases like Diabetes or Asthma
More information on HIGH RISK INDIVIDUALS
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM FLU?Back to top
To prevent contracting or spreading flu:
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Wear your mask
- Clean your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face and clean and disinfect common areas
More information on FLU IN YOUNG CHILDREN
Ask your Healthcare Provider about the flu vaccines available this season.
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Flu in high risk individuals
While the flu may mean a few days of misery for some people, for others an influenza Infection could be complicated by bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.1 Was this helpful? Submit Cancel Thanks for your feedback!