Coronavirus myths: what you should know about vaccines

There are many myths online. Here is some information to help you and your family learn more about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Does the flu shot protect against coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Unfortunately, the flu shot does not protect against coronavirus (COVID-19), but it is the best way to help reduce your risk of getting the flu. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19).

Is a vaccine available?
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine available at this time. There are many organizations working around the globe to develop an effective vaccine, but it is unlikely one will be available within the next few months.

Remember how to protect yourself and what you should do if you think you have symptoms

What can I do to protect myself?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid social gatherings of greater than 10 people and practice social distancing

What should I do if I think I may have symptoms or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Contact your physician: If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please call your personal physician. Also, anyone who thinks they may have had contact with someone who is being tested for, or is confirmed to have COVID-19, should call their doctor’s office.
  • Consider online care: To help prevent the spread of disease and meet the needs of our patients and the communities we serve, Ascension is helping to improve access to care from the comfort of your own home. For online urgent care from your computer or mobile device, Ascension Online Care is available 24/7. Visit
  • Medical emergency: If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or if you are experiencing severe symptoms requiring immediate attention, go to the ER or dial 911.