The New York State Department of Health is reminding all residents to get their annual flu shot during influenza season.
Usually, flu season runs October through May, and typically peaks between December and February. Both flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, making it difficult to distinguish between the two viral infections. Symptoms of each, which can range from mild to severe, include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, headache and fatigue. Those aged 65 and over, people with certain chronic medical conditions, young children, and pregnant women are most in jeopardy of developing serious complications from these illnesses.
In addition to getting a flu and COVID-19 shot, the Department suggests some other ways to avoid contracting and spreading flu or COVID-19. They include regular hand washing, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, staying home when sick and considering wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth if symptomatic.