Flu season

Influenza (Flu) season

This year, with COVID-19 circulating during the influenza season, getting an Influenza vaccine (or flu shot) is more important than ever before to protect ourselves, and our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend almost everyone, 6 months and older, and those who are high-risk for complications, get vaccinated annually.

Where can I get a Flu shot?

Flu shots are available in the community at most doctor’s offices, at most retail pharmacies, and through Monterey County Public Health vaccination clinics.

Wednesday, October 13, from 4-7 p.m.

Oldemeyer Center

986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside

  • Monterey County Health Department free vaccination clinic:

(coming soon)

How can I avoid the Flu?

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean your hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your elbow, or your sleeve
  • Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, and exercise
  • Stay home with flu-like symptoms (temperature of 100.5 F or higher, plus cough or sore throat)
  • Get vaccinated at your doctor’s office, Monterey County Public Health vaccination locations, or at a retail pharmacy. Most health plans pays for flu vaccinations.
  • Wear a mask in public

2021-22 Flu season FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Flu and COVID-19

Are there similarities between influenza and COVID-19?

Both are contagious respiratory illness, but they are caused by different viruses. Some of the symptoms are very similar and it may be difficult to tell the difference.

What are some differences between influenza and COVID-19?

Influenza symptoms usually come on suddenly 1−4 days after exposure where COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2−14 days after exposure. COVID-19 symptoms that are different from influenza are new loss of taste or smell.

Does influenza and COVID-19 spread the same way?

Both can spread from person to person by respiratory secretion droplets when an individual coughs, sneezes, sings, or talks. Both are spread primarily by being in close contact with an infected person. Both viruses may also be spread by touching an unclean surface or object and then immediately touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands.

Will getting the influenza vaccine increase or reduce the risk of getting COVID-19?

No. The two diseases are completely separate, and being immunized for one does not make you more susceptible or immune to the other.

Does the influenza vaccine interfere with the body's ability to fight off COVID-19?

The seasonal influenza vaccine will not interfere with the body’s ability to fight off COVID-19.

If I have a COVID-19 vaccine, should I still get a flu shot?

Yes. To reduce your chances of getting ill and to help prevent serious illness and hospitalization, community members should get both vaccines. They are both safe and effective.