Health officials say it’s OK to get your COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same time
Yes, you can get the pictures in the same visit.
When COVID-19 vaccines were first launched in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended waiting 14 days between shots and other immunizations as a precautionary measure. But the agency has since revised its guidelines, saying the wait is unnecessary.
“We have a history of vaccinating our children with multiple vaccines,” said influenza specialist Richard Webby of St. Louis. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
It is especially important to keep up to date with all vaccinations this year, experts say.
When people were masked and stayed home, last year’s flu season was barely recorded. This year, it is unclear how intense the flu season will be with several places reopening.
The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all 6 months and older, and ideally says everyone should be vaccinated by the end of October. It takes 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to take full effect, so if you wait until the flu starts circulating, your body may not have time to build up protection. Vaccine options vary by age, but include several types of shots or a nasal spray version.
Caution: COVID-19, colds and flu all have similar symptoms, so if you are feeling sick, the CDC says to postpone a vaccination appointment until you are better at avoiding getting others sick.
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