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Posted on: October 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Get Ready for Flu Season 2021

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Prevent flu this season by rolling up your sleeve for your annual flu immunization. This fall and winter it is essential for everyone to do their part to prevent respiratory illness, like flu, especially with high COVID-19 transmission, limited hospital capacity (92% of ICU beds in the state are filled!), and the CDC Risk Level for Pitkin County has been high for 44 consecutive days.

Find a Flu Shot Near You

Flu vs COVID-19

Influenza, commonly known as flu, and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference. Testing is the best way to confirm a diagnosis. 

It's safe to get both the flu and COVID-19 vaccine, or booster, at the same time. The CDC has given the green light to healthcare providers to administer both vaccinations at once. If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, or you need to get an additional dose, you can save time by getting both in one visit.

Visit Pitkin County Public Health's Flu page to learn more about where to get your flu vaccine. 

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