Should I get a COVID booster and flu shot at the same time?
Getting the flu and COVID-19 vaccines collectively doesn’t lower the efficacy of both, says Tuhin Roy, M17, MG17, affiliate medical director at Larger Lawrence Household Well being Middle. Credit score: Gatot Adri / Shutterstock

Sure, you may get the influenza vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine or booster on the identical time, and really, I like to recommend doing precisely that. You may as properly get them out of the best way.

Getting each vaccines without delay doesn’t lower the efficacy of both and doesn’t trigger any modifications to both vaccine. Nonetheless, since you’re getting two vaccines without delay, chances are you’ll really feel somewhat crummy for the following few days. No, that does not imply the vaccine made you sick or that your physique goes to have an issue with the vaccine. It simply means your physique is gaining immunity and utilizing numerous vitality to create antibodies.

This recommendation is completely different than what the advice was once when the COVID vaccine first got here out. When the COVID shot was new, specialists needed to watch what was occurring because the vaccines had been delivered, so the earlier advice was to separate the COVID vaccine and flu vaccine to verify there have been no unwanted side effects. However now we have much more info now, and lots of people have gotten each vaccines without delay, so we all know they’re utterly protected to obtain collectively.

I like to recommend getting the flu shot as quickly as it’s obtainable. It is best to get the flu vaccine earlier than you’re uncovered to the flu, which normally begins occurring when the climate cools, largely as a result of persons are spending extra time inside the place it is easy for respiratory viruses to unfold. After getting the flu shot, it takes just a few weeks in your physique to construct up full immunity.

The flu is a difficult virus that mutates yearly, which is why there is a new flu shot yearly. The flu vaccine is not excellent, and simply since you get the shot, doesn’t suggest you may by no means get the flu. It simply means you may have instruments to battle the an infection if it comes. If you happen to’re touring for Thanksgiving or the December holidays, or attending large indoor actions, contemplate getting vaccinated just a few weeks beforehand.

Usually, over the previous couple of years, we noticed fewer instances of the flu as a result of so many individuals had been taking COVID precautions, like washing fingers, sporting masks, and avoiding others whereas sick. However as we have gone again to our regular each day lives—by which the flu spreads fairly shortly—now we have seen an uptick within the flu.

Do you know it is doable to get the flu and COVID-19 on the identical time? The 2 viruses unfold in an identical approach and are extremely contagious. The signs are also very a lot the identical for delicate instances—fever, chills, cough, issue respiration, muscle aches, and fatigue. With COVID, extra folks have modifications in style and scent, which isn’t usually seen with the flu. Typically, folks with the flu expertise signs shortly after being contaminated, whereas folks with COVID develop signs extra slowly.

Additionally, the therapy for the flu and COVID is comparatively the identical. Nonetheless, for high-risk sufferers such because the aged or folks with lung illness, it’s value speaking to your major care physician about antiviral remedies for COVID. They’re generally obtainable, are finest if taken inside the first 5 days of signs, and may considerably lower the chance of extreme illness.

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