This year, it’s as important as ever to protect your health by getting a flu shot.

While COVID-19, the highly contagious illness caused by coronavirus, has us on alert, the risk of getting the flu is rising as we move into flu season.

The flu is caused by a different virus, the influenza virus, and is also a contagious respiratory illness. It sends millions of Americans to the hospital each year and causes thousands of deaths. Older adults, especially those with chronic health conditions, are at high risk.

While getting a flu shot won’t keep you from getting COVID-19, it reduces your chances of getting the flu, and preventing the flu helps you to stay healthy.

The flu and COVID-19 share some of the same symptoms, so it may not always be easy to tell them apart. The steps you’re taking to protect yourself from COVID-19 can also help protect you from the flu.

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