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Staying Well this Flu Season

Influenza (flu) season is right around the corner. At Wellstar, we are offering flu vaccinations to our patients to help keep the community healthy. Prevention is the best way to protect your family from potential flu infection.

In the wake of the pandemic, we know it may be confusing to tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19. If you are unsure if you are experiencing flu or COVID-19 symptoms, please see the comparison section below.


Flu Shot Clinics for Wellstar Patients

From September 16 through October 28, 2020, select Wellstar locations will be providing flu shots to our patients on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM every week.


Wellstar Acworth Health Park

4550 Cobb Parkway North NW
Acworth, GA 30101
(470) 956-0050


Wellstar Avalon Health Park

2450 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(470) 267-0260


Wellstar Cherokee Health Park

1120 Wellstar Way
Holly Springs, GA 30114
(470) 267-0025


Wellstar East Cobb Health Park

3747 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062
(470) 956-0250


Wellstar Vinings Health Park

4441 Atlanta Road SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(470) 956-0350


Wellstar East Paulding Primary Care Center

176 Charles Hardy Parkway
Unit C
Hiram, GA 30141
(678) 945-8200


Flu vs COVID-19

Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both viral respiratory illnesses and share many common signs and symptoms. Both illnesses are contagious and can be spread through person-to-person contact, although COVID-19 can spread to other people more easily and quickly than the flu.

Since the flu and COVID-19 have many similar symptoms and traits, it may be difficult to determine which respiratory illness you may be experiencing. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are key differences between the two illnesses:



  • Fever* or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting and diarrhea, most common in children
  • People 65 years of age and older and those with underlying health conditions may be at higher risk of contracting the flu and COVID-19.*
  • Serious medical complications may occur, including pneumonia, respiratory failure, cardiac injury, worsening health conditions and bacterial infections.

*Note: Not everyone with the flu will have a fever. Children under the age of 5 may also be at higher risk of contracting the flu.




While seasonal flu shots are available, a COVID-19 vaccine is still in development and not yet available. Compared to the flu, people with COVID-19 may often:

  • Experience sudden change or loss in taste or smell
  • Experience additional complications in severe cases, including blood clots in the veins and arteries of the lungs, heart, legs or brain
  • Take longer to develop symptoms (up to 14 days after infection)
  • Stay contagious longer (at least 10 days after symptoms appear)

Diagnostic testing may be the best way to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19 or may have had a past infection of the virus.

View more information about COVID-19 testing.


Is It the Flu, Common Cold or COVID-19?

Compared to COVID-19 and even the flu, people with common colds usually experience milder than the other infections. Typically, colds do not result in serious health problems or complications, such as pneumonia or bacterial infections. People with colds are more likely to have stuffy or runny noses. In general, experiencing fever, chills and headaches are uncommon.

For more detailed information, call (770) 956-STAR (7827) or visit our COVID-19 resource page.