COVID-19 & Flu: What you should know
The flu and COVID-19 have some similarities in symptoms. How are they similar? Both COVID-19 and the flu can share these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, tiredness, sore throat, runny nose, body aches and stomach issues.
If you feel sick with any of those symptoms, or if you’ve been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, please speak with your primary care physician to get a plan to keep yourself and others safe. COVID-19 seems to be spreading more easily than the flu.
Per the CDC, as more people become fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the spread of the virus should slow down. St. Joe’s is taking extra precautions at our facilities to keep you safe.
CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster for Certain Individuals
The FDA expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine to be administered at least six months after initial completion of the primary vaccine series.
Booster dose eligibility:
- Individuals 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster
- People aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster
- People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster based on their individual benefits and risks
- People aged 18-64 years who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster
Still need your COVID-19 vaccine or looking for a place to get your booster shot?
Find a location near you to get your COVID-19 vaccine or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster.
Need a flu vaccine or help finding a doctor?
Schedule your annual check-up and get vaccinated while you’re at the doctor’s office. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from illness.