Fight the flu with these resources

November 4, 2020 Providence Body & Mind Team

Providence offers videos, blog articles, advice and other resources to help you stay healthy this flu season.

  • Check our website for everything you need to know about this year’s unique flu season.
  • Our doctors explain why the flu is nothing to sneeze at and offer tips to protect your health.
  • Providence has multiple locations to get your flu vaccine and virtual care options that offer fast, convenient care when you need it.


Flu season is here again. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) still affecting thousands of people across the country, it's even more critical than ever that you protect your health. Even though you know the basics—get a flu shot, wash your hands, don’t skimp on sleep—it can be a little overwhelming to keep up with the latest recommendations and remember everything you need to know.

We can help with that. Here’s a roundup of everything you need to know to conquer this year’s rather unique flu season with less fuss and fewer sick days. You may want to bookmark this page so you can come back to it for reference.

The Providence flu resource hub

Providence has put together a web page that outlines all the basics you need for a healthier flu season. Whether you need links to primary care providers and same day care locations or a listing of flu symptoms and prevention tips, the info you need is available in one easy-to-access location.

Learn more.

Ways to be a flu superhero

The Providence superhero campaign illustrates the importance of getting your flu vaccine and includes an easy-to-understand list that lets you compare the symptoms of allergies, a cold, the flu or COVID-19.





Hear from our flu experts

In a recent Facebook Live event titled "Everything you need to know about the flu this season," Dr. Michael Ravelo, medical director of urgent care at Providence Sacred Heart in Spokane, Washington, outlined key points about the flu, including:

  • An overview of the flu, its types and  symptoms
  • The differences between COVID-19 and the flu
  • An assessment of who is most at risk

Watch the video.


Flu vaccine guidelines by age

Do you find it confusing to remember all the recommendations and age guidelines for getting a flu shot? The CDC has put together a list of all the basics, including:

  • Age guidelines – this year, there is a different vaccine for those 65+
  • Who should get a flu shot and who should skip it this year
  • Special allergy considerations
  • Info on the nasal spray flu vaccine

Learn more.

Flu vaccine locations

Find out why a flu shot is even more critical this year and where you can get this vital vaccination in your area.

Read the article.

Convenient virtual care options

Virtual options at Providence connect you to the care you need in minutes. And you don’t even have to leave your house!

Learn more.

Symptoms checklist

How do you know if that sniffle is allergies, a cold, the flu or COVID-19? This infographic lists the signs of each illness and helps you determine what your symptoms are trying to tell you.

View the infographic.


Lessening the impact

Going through flu season during a pandemic can be challenging. This article gives an overview of facts and lists what we know and what we don’t know about COVID-19 and the flu.

Read the article.

Flu season facts

Dr. Aaron Beck, a family medicine doctor at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, talks about the flu and details the facts you need to know to protect your health from this season’s flu bug.

Watch the video.


Get relevant, up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) from Providence.

If you need care, don’t delay. Learn more about your options.


Find a doctor

The team of primary care doctors at Providence can provide the care you need during flu season. Through Providence Express Care Virtual, you can access a full range of healthcare services. If you need to find a doctor, you can use our provider directory or search for one in your area.






Related resources

Flu season is here! Protect yourself

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Covid-19, It's Not the Flu by Jeffrey M. Hughes, MD, Physician in the Emergency Care Center, St. Joseph Hospital

Share your best chicken soup recipes and other tried and true tactics you use to #BeatTheFlu with readers @providence.

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional’s instructions.

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The Providence Body & Mind Team is dedicated to providing medically-sound, data-backed insights and advice on how to reach and maintain your optimal health through a mixture of exercise, mindfulness, preventative care and healthy living in general.

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