Influenza, commonly referred to as the “Flu”, is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that affect the nose, throat, lungs, and other parts of the body. The flu virus typically spreads from person to person when someone with the flu coughs or sneezes.
An annual flu vaccine is recommended for almost everyone 6 months and older, and may keep you from getting the flu. The flu vaccine can also reduce your risk for severe illness and hospitalization from the flu.
Flu shots are widely available in the community and may be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine. To receive a flu shot:
- Contact your local health care provider or pharmacy
- Visit the NCDOH COVID-19/Flu Clinic Schedule: Niagara County Department of Health offers the Seasonal Influenza vaccine at many of our COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
- Visit Find a Flu Vaccine
- Diagnosing Flu
- It may be hard to tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 because many of the symptoms are similar. Please contact a local health care provider as testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
- New York State Data Resources