Public health officials say it is more critical than ever for residents to get flu shots as soon as possible this season. Flu and COVID-19 each can cause serious respiratory illness, and co-infection could possibly lead to more severe illnesses.
Many of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are the same, such as fever and cough, but there are some differences. Both viruses can spread when people who are infected cough, sneeze or talk.
While a vaccine for COVID-19 is still in development, a vaccine for flu already exists and is the best protection against flu. Health officials recommend that everyone older than six months get vaccinated every year. Flu vaccine is offered at numerous commercial pharmacies, grocery stores and other retail sites in the Oak Park area. Most sites accept private insurance and Medicare Part B to cover the cost of the flu shot.
Search for local flu shot providers at www.vaccinefinder.org.