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The Flu & COVID-19

The Importance of Vaccination

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses is more important than ever. Receiving the flu and COVID-19 vaccines is an essential step to protect vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, the immunocompromised and those too young to get the COVID-19 vaccine.


Some flu and COVID-19 symptoms are similar, so it may be hard to diagnose an illness based on symptoms alone. Both diseases have symptoms including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue.**

Disease Incidence

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that influenza has resulted in 9-45 million illnesses and 12,000-61,000 deaths annually since 2010. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports over 163 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 3 million deaths as of May 2021.

**Information provided by the CDC. Symptoms may vary from person to person.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following frequently asked questions were created following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Influenza, better known simply as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can even lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

    Older people, young children and people with certain health conditions are at higher risk for serious flu complications. If you do get the flu, being vaccinated may help reduce the severity of symptoms and risk for complications. This flu season, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccine. The flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, but it will reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death, thereby helping conserve potentially scarce healthcare resources.

    People age 6 months and older are eligible to receive an annual seasonal flu vaccine, with rare exceptions that include those with allergies. Talk to your licensed healthcare provider to learn which type of flu vaccine is right for you.

    Getting the seasonal flu vaccine annually (once a year) is the best way to reduce your risk of catching the seasonal flu and spreading it to others. September and October are ideal months to get your flu shot.

    The CDC recommends injectable influenza vaccines. There is no preference for one flu vaccine over another as long as the vaccine is licensed and age appropriate.

    No. The flu shot contains inactivated virus, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

    Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines like influenza may be administered on the same day and at any interval without respect to timing.

    Kroger Health offers a wide range of health services, including vaccines, health screenings and more, tailored to meet the needs of your business, community or organization. Visit us at krogerhealth.com or e-mail the team at KHB2B@krogerhealth.com to learn more.

Cold, Cough & Flu Medicine

Other Recommended Vaccines

Are you up to date on all your vaccines? While getting your influenza vaccine, you can also get vaccinated for COVID-19, RSV, HPV, pneumonia and more.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for patients ages 65+.

RSV Vaccine

Pregnant patients and adults ages 60+ may need a vaccine for RSV prevention.

HPV Vaccine

Human Papillomavirus is a common STI that may cause various health problems.

Pneumonia Vaccine

There are 4 types of pneumonia vaccines to help prevent pneumococcal disease.

Tools & Resources

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