Of course, the main concern when it comes to our health has been the COVID-19 pandemic for a while now. However, in spite of this, we should not forget that there are also other viral infections out there, some seasonal, that we should try and protect ourselves from.
With that being said, health experts advise people not only to get the COVID-19 vaccine but to receive the flu shot as well.
After all, the cold season is right around the corner, and any illness that might weaken our natural defenses, no matter how common, should be avoided as much as possible to lower the chances of contracting COVID-19 or be more affected by it as a result.
This means that you should definitely not skip the flu shot this year.
Last year, the number of flu cases in the United States was historically low thanks to the quarantine, ironically enough.
However, while we’re all still dealing with the pandemic a year later, things are starting to get back to normal, so the flu will also spread more now.
Schools and businesses are reopening, and the travel restrictions outside the borders are also loosening, and this means we might have to struggle with the flu too, in addition to the COVID-19 virus, and that is obviously, not ideal.
But what does this mean if you’ve previously had COVID? Is it advisable to get the flu shot in this situation or not?
According to virologist and biology professor at Montclair State University, Dr. Sandra Adams, people are still able to “receive the flu shot if they previously had COVID.”
She went on to also tell NJ Advance Media that the antibodies you develop after catching COVID will not stop you from contracting the flu since they are definitely not the same virus.
“The antibodies produced against COVID are specific to the virus that causes COVID. They offer no protection against influenza,” she stated.
However, the most concerning part is that you can catch both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time, and that could lead to terrifying consequences such as pneumonia and respiratory failure, so protecting yourself in advance is advisable.
As for whether or not you should get the flu shot while you still have COVID, the answer is no.
Dr. Adams pointed out that “you should postpone receiving the flu shot for at least 10 days after the initial positive test for COVID.”