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What Is The Difference Between Flu And COVID-19?

Both Influenza more commonly known as flu and COVID-19 are contagious respiratory illnesses; however, they are caused by difference viruses. Flu is caused by the influenza virus and COVID-19 is caused by coronavirus.

Symptoms of covid and flu are very similar, these include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches

As the symptoms of both viruses are similar it is hard to determine whether you have flu or covid without taking a lateral flow or PCR test. These tests are created to indicate to patients if they have the coronavirus.


Should I still isolate?

If you have symptoms of either flu or COVID-19 then try and stay home and rest if you can. This will not only prevent passing the virus on to others, but also help with your recovery. You can resume normal activates when you feel better or no longer have a high temperature. For COVID-19, please check the NHS website for current isolation rules following a positive PCR or lateral flow test.


How can I prevent myself from getting the virus?

The most effective way to prevent catching the flu or COVID-19is to get the annual flu vaccination or booster COVID-19 vaccination as recommended by the NHS. Our pharmacies offer a flu vaccination service and some of our pharmacies are now also offering a COVID-19 vaccination service. If you would like more information about the vaccination service or to check your eligibility visit your local Day Lewis Pharmacy where the team will be able to provide you with more information

Along with being vaccinated there are other things that you can do to reduce your chances of catching the flu or COVID-19For example:

  • Washing hands frequently
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or elbow and then disposing the tissue
  • Using antibacterial hand sanitiser


What are the at-risk groups for flu?

If you are in one of the at-risk groups then the flu vaccination is free for you, funded by the NHS. Your eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine if you:

  • Are over 50 years old living in England or Wales
  • Pregnant
  • Have asthma or a lung condition
  • Have a chronic heart disease
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a chronic kidney or liver condition
  • Have had a stroke
  • Have an illness or taking medication that affect your immune system
  • Are in a long stay residential care
  • Receive a carers allowance or are the main carer for someone at risk
  • Are a frontline health or social care worker


Can I get a vaccine if I am not in the at-risk group?

Yes, you can. If you are not in the at-risk group our pharmacies offer a private flu vaccination for only £14.99. For more information come and visit us in pharmacy today.

30th September 2022

Author name: Jemi



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Rachna brings over 25 years of experience to her role as Superintendent. She qualified as a pharmacist at the London School of Pharmacy and has been working for Day Lewis since 2002. Her career is distinguished by a commitment to excellence in patient care, a deep understanding of pharmacy operations and a proactive approach to healthcare management.

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