Will my flu vaccination also protect me from COVID-19?


No – flu (influenza) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by completely different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, whereas the flu vaccine provides protection against three or four influenza viruses that are expected to be the most common during the forthcoming winter. However, it is worth having the flu vaccine if eligible, as it will reduce the risk of acquiring flu and developing complications which can arise ( such as pneumonia). It will also reduce the likelihood of suffering both viral infections at the same time which research shows can leave you more seriously ill.

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