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Compare COVID-19 symptoms and flu symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms

Incubation period: 2-14 days

Contagion level: High

New loss of taste and smell: Yes

Flu symptoms

Incubation period: 1-4 days

Contagion level: Moderate

New loss of taste and smell: No

Want to learn more about the flu shot?

  • Which pharmacies are in network to get my flu shot?

    Different plans have different pharmacy networks. If you get your insurance from your employer, Covered California, or purchase it directly from Blue Shield, you have a Commercial plan.

    Commercial pharmacy networks
    Medicare pharmacy network
    Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect pharmacy network

  • Is the flu shot safe?

    Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu shots over the past 50 years, according to the CDC.

    Severe allergic reactions from a flu shot are very rare. They’re estimated at less than one in a million doses. If a reaction happens, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot.

  • When is flu season?

    Flu season peaks between December and February. But activity can last as late as May.

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