Unvaccinated teen in Los Angeles tests positive for a co-infection of COVID-19 and the flu being dubbed 'flurona'
A teen tested positive for a co-infection of COVID-19 and the flu, the Los Angeles Times reported.
It's unclear how common the co-infection, dubbed "flurona," is, but reports of it date back to 2020.
Experts have urged people to get vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19.
A Los Angeles teenager who was unvaccinated against the flu and COVID-19 tested positive for a dual infection dubbed "flurona," health officials told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.
The teen had recently returned from a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with his family and visited a 911 COVID Testing center in Brentwood after getting a runny nose, Steve Farzam, the chief operating officer of the testing center, told the Times.
Farzam said it was the first case of the co-infection that the testing center was aware of.
The 911 COVID Testing center did not immediately respond to Insider's request for additional comment.
"In and of itself, it's not overly concerning; however, it is concerning and can be problematic for someone who has preexisting medical conditions, anyone who is immunocompromised," Farzam told the Times, urging people to get vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19.
There have been reports of flu and COVID-19 co-infections since early in the pandemic. Medical experts in 2020 warned of a "twindemic" caused by the flu and COVID-19 — and while it didn't happen then, they've said the risk is higher this winter.
The LA County Department of Public Health told the Times in a statement that respiratory-virus co-infections were "exceedingly common." The department did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
But health officials have said it's unclear how common the co-infection of the flu and COVID-19 is. "We are not tracking these occurrences systematically and cannot tell you how frequently they have occurred," health officials told the Times.
For the past 35 years, flu activity in the US has most often peaked in February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC, which has also recommended getting vaccinated against both illnesses, reported that flu vaccination rates were lower than usual in 2021.
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