Health officials warn about ‘flurona,’ urge southwest Virginians to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — It’s not just COVID-19 hitting hospitals where it hurts. Some are facing a double whammy of the flu and the coronavirus, which is being nicknamed “flurona.”

The director of the New River Health District, Dr. Noelle Bissell, says it’s very likely that more and more people have been infected with both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time but those symptoms can vary saying.

“You can have fevers, you can have chills, body aches, headaches, fatigue, just not feeling well overall,” explained Bissell. “Sometimes people have an upset stomach and those kinds of things. But mainly the upper respiratory, cough, congestion.”

“Every year when we get the flu vaccine we tell people it may not prevent you from getting flu but its a public health success if it keeps you from ending up in the hospital or dying from flu or its complications and these vaccines, are holding up well,” Bissell added.

During a Q&A session on Monday, Jan. 10, Bissell mentioned there are already clinical trials combining flu and COVID booster shots.

“I would expect that this coming fall when we’re doing our flu campaign that we will be offering flu-COVID boosters, either a combined shot or separately,” said Bissell.

However, she urges against waiting, saying you should get vaccinated against both viruses. She also recommends getting tested for both the flu and the coronavirus so you can get the right treatment.

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