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Did patients who are testing positive for coronavirus get a flu shot this year?

Flu shots and coronavirus
One of our viewers asked, "Did the patients that are testing positive for coronavirus have a flu shot this year?" (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The News 13 I-Team Coronavirus Help Desk is continuing to answer your questions about the outbreak. Many people are asking about possible links between the flu and COVID-19.

We are still in flu season, with health officials announcing Thursday five more people died from flu in North Carolina last week.

One of our viewers asked, "Did the patients that are testing positive for coronavirus have a flu shot this year?"

While that information has not been widely reported, we do know the flu vaccine has not been proven to prevent coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, while the influenza vaccine is not effective against COVID-19, it is highly recommended people get vaccinated each year. Health officials said it will help with the flu, keeping at-risk populations healthier.

You can submit your questions to Iteam@wlos.com. News 13's Jennifer Emert, Lauren Brigman and Karen Zatkulak will work to get an answer for you.

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