Story by: Norton Children’s on September 28, 2021
Flu and COVID-19 symptoms can be the same, leading to confusion and anxiety for parents with children feeling under the weather.
If your child experiences symptoms such as a fever and cough — or if you do — here are some steps to help prevent the spread:
Flu vaccines are available at pediatricians’ offices for children 6 months old and older. COVID-19 vaccines or tests can be scheduled online for anyone ages 12 or older.
COVID-19 can’t be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. A test is needed to confirm whether a child has COVID-19, the flu or something else entirely.
Because they haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19, children under 12 should quarantine immediately after exposure to someone with COVID-19.
Flu shots have started arriving at Norton Children’s Medical Group pediatricians’ offices. Vaccines for flu and COVID-19 can be administered to eligible patients in the same visit.
One frequent symptom of COVID-19 that doesn’t usually come with flu is loss of sense of taste or smell.
Reviewed by Kristina A. Bryant, M.D., hospital epidemiologist for Norton Children’s Hospital and an infectious diseases physician with Norton Children’s Infectious Diseases.