Covid-19 and flu

How are they different?

It is hard to know the difference between COVID-19 and flu

Although there are some differences between flu and COVID-19, they also share signs and symptoms. For this reason, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

If you have any infectious or respiratory symptoms – even mild symptoms – self-isolate yourself and contact a healthcare professional, as you may need testing for COVID-19.

Do you or the person you’re with

have a fever of 37.5°C or more or a history suggestive of fever (night sweats, chills)1

or

an acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat)?1

or

loss of smell or loss of taste?1

If you have any infectious or respiratory symptoms – even mild symptoms – self-isolate and check with your local health department or a healthcare professional for advice.

Do you or the person you’re with have

  • a headache
  • muscle pains
  • joint pain
  • a runny nose
  • nausea
  • vomiting or diarrhoea
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • recent onset blocked nose

Talk about the timing of your vaccinations

It is recommended that you have a 14 day interval between the COVID-19 and flu vaccinations2 but there is no requirement about the order of receiving the flu vaccine or first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Under some circumstances your doctor may recommend a different schedule. Always follow your doctor’s directions and speak to them if you have any concerns.

Both flu and COVID-19 vaccinations are important

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over.

Anyone not in the early phases of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is encouraged to get vaccinated for flu as soon as possible. Speak to your health professional about scheduling vaccines this year.

Community measures adopted to suppress COVID-19 have also reduced flu cases, but flu numbers could begin to rise again at any time. Remember it takes 2-3 weeks from receiving the flu vaccine to develop the antibodies which provide protection.

What are you doing to protect yourself?

Talk to your health professional about flu prevention and vaccine choices to match your needs

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