Along with the flu, this fall and winter may bring more COVID-19 cases. While a flu vaccine won’t protect you or your workforce from COVID-19, it can reduce the risk of the flu and help conserve potentially scarce health care resources needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Research also shows it’s possible to have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.1 And while COVID-19 has proven deadlier than the seasonal flu virus, the flu can be deadly, too.
Benefits of getting vaccinated
By encouraging your employees to get the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine, you’re helping to keep your workforce healthy and your business strong. You’re also helping to reduce health care costs for you and your employees.
Vaccines are a safe and effective way of protecting people against diseases and illnesses and saving lives. Rather than treating a disease after you get it, vaccines can prevent you from getting sick in the first place.
Kaiser Permanente members can get a no-cost flu shot in a variety of ways, including:
If your employees aren’t already vaccinated for COVID-19, they may be able to get both the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time — and it’s safe to do so.
The coronavirus and the flu can cause similar symptoms. Before visiting a Kaiser Permanente facility for testing or in-person care, your employees can first schedule an e-visit, phone appointment, or video visit. Our clinicians can help determine if an in-person appointment or COVID-19 testing is needed.
Looking for information to share with your employees? Visit the Thrive at Work resource center for flyers about the flu and COVID-19.
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“Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov, June 7, 2021. “Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov, September 22, 2021.
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