It’s COVID-19 AND Flu Season? - Carson Tahoe Health

It’s COVID season. It’s rabbit season. It’s duck season. And, soon it will be flu season. According to the CDC, approximately 8 percent of the U.S. population, or approximately 26,176,000 people, get sick with the flu annually.

The idea of flu season creeping in as we are still responding to the immense struggles and changes COVID-19 has laid out for us may be overwhelming. In certain parts of the country (and the world) hospitals are adjusting to a limited stockpile of personal protective equipment and facing the challenges of creating new respiratory clinics to better serve their patients. Additionally, many people’s immune systems may have been weakened from staying indoors for months on end with little to no physical contact, which normally strengthens your immune system.

The current healthcare climate is certainly not the most ideal for another illness to run its course … however, as always, healthcare providers will persevere. Carson Tahoe is no different. We are dedicated to provide you quality care, topped with hope & compassion. But – we need your help.

We know you’re already wearing masks, stepping up your hand-washing routine, and being hyper-aware of where you go and who you spend time with. So how should you approach the 2020-2021 flu season?

Don’t Get Lazy: Earlier this year, we all learned a bit more about personal hygiene (masks & hand sanitizer galore) and how to be mindful of others’ space (6 ft to be exact). Don’t let all those habits fade this fall & winter. Viruses often get worse during the cooler months, so now is the time to be vigilant about your care.

Be Prepared & Get Vaccinated: Check with your doctor to schedule your flu shot. Other options include a number of local retail outlets (Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Raley’s, etc.) who offer low cost flu shots. Remember, it takes two weeks to take effect, so plan now for October-November.  Be safe and get vaccinated.

Check In With Your Doctor: Your primary care provider provides you SO much more than just a simple once a year visit. They are your gateway into our vast healthcare network AND they have the opportunity to dive into your health history to better treat you. Although rumor has it, healthcare clinics are unsafe to visit, this is simply not the case. Just as they were before, our facilities are cleaned and sanitized rigorously, and we’ve taken many other steps to ensure your safety. Additionally, our Carson Tahoe Medical Group providers offer telehealth visits if you prefer a video conference.

Boost Your Immunity: Think ahead. Now is the time to eat a little healthier, work out a few extra minutes, and take your daily vitamins … which all keep your body strong and ready to fight viruses.

Whether you’re young or older; healthy or with pre-existing conditions, it’s time you take charge of your health and prepare yourself for the upcoming flu season. Know the difference between the flu and COVID-19 with this Symptom Checker.