As the holiday season approaches and college students return from school, it is imperative to encourage them to get tested for COVID-19 and get the flu vaccine. Even if individuals experience no symptoms, exposure to either COVID-19 or the flu could lead to illness at home, especially with those who have multiple generations in one household.
Contact tracing among college students is difficult, and it becomes more challenging with increased travel. By taking these personal protective measures, they are not only keeping themselves safe, but family and loved ones as well.
As previously indicated, there are many common symptoms between influenza and COVID-19, but there is only a vaccine at this time to prevent the flu. According to the CDC, in the 2019 to 2020 flu season, there were between 24,000 and 62,000 deaths from influenza in the United States, with elderly people, young children and pregnant women at elevated risk. Getting a flu shot not only reduces the odds of getting sick, it often means a less severe illness.
Please make an appointment to get your flu shot today. Click here to make a reservation.
In partnership with St. Louis County Libraries, the following pop-up COVID-19 testing sites are available for the rest of October. Appointments can be made online here. Testing is also available at two DPH Clinics, John C. Murphy Health Clinic and South County Health Clinic. Feel free to disseminate or share this video and the attached graphic.