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Preparing for the Collision of Flu Season and COVID-19

November 4, 2020
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Dear Parents,

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital’s pediatric infectious disease specialist Allison Bartlett, MD, MS offers tips for your family about how to keep safe this winter from both influenza and COVID-19.

Flu season and COVID-19 are about to collide: Here’s how your family can be prepared

As we enter North America’s first full flu season in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking this opportunity to answer common questions about what you and your family might experience if we face a “twindemic” – a collision of the COVID-19 pandemic and a particularly bad seasonal flu. Dr. Bartlett shares the good news that many of the steps we take to protect ourselves from COVID-19 are the same things we need to do to keep us safe from influenza.

Get answers to these questions and more:

– How will COVID-19 impact your flu season?

– How can you tell if your family member has flu or COVID-19?

– Will the flu shot protect against the coronavirus?

– What should you do if your child or loved one develops flu or COVID-19 symptoms?

– Can you boost your immune systems to protect against flu or COVID-19?

Comer Children’s is now offering both in-person and telemedicine appointments for all general and specialty pediatricians. Appointments are usually available within 3 to 5 days, and you can visit us at our locations in Chicago’s Hyde Park and South Loop, Flossmoor, Orland Park, Naperville, Tinley Park, and Merrillville, Indiana. Call 773-702-6169 or visit

We wish you and your families a safe and healthy season ahead.