The truth about the flu shot and COVID-19 testing
As people are tested for COVID-19 during flu season, we want to be clear: The flu vaccine will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19. COVID-19 tests only look for evidence of one virus – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Because the flu is largely preventable, don’t wait to vaccinate. We encourage all Oregonians to get a flu shot as soon as possible. This will prevent flu illness and deaths and keep people out of the hospital at a time when we need to reserve space for COVID-19 patients and others who may require hospital care.
Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. The vaccine is free or low cost with most health insurance plans. To find a flu vaccine clinic, visit www.flu.oregon.gov and use OHA’s flu vaccine locator tool.