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What does the flu vaccine have to do with COVID-19?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials say getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Danuta Skowronski explains why — and sets the record straight on some common misconceptions.
There won't be any crowded flu shot clinics this year as COVID-19 safety requires doctors, nurses and pharmacists to ensure physical distancing for patients waiting for their vaccinations. Masks are also mandatory for both health-care providers and patients. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials say getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year. But the flu and COVID are different diseases caused by different viruses, so why does it matter?

Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an infectious diseases expert specializing in influenza and emerging respiratory pathogens at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, joins The Dose host Dr. Brian Goldman to explain — and to set the record straight on some common misconceptions. 

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