Flu Shot and COVID Vaccine: Is It Safe to Get Them at the Same Time?

Flu Shot and COVID Vaccine: Is It Safe to Get Them at the Same Time?
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Flu season is here, and, as if that weren’t enough, COVID is also here to complicate it. The good thing is that we are more prepared this year.

The vaccines have been here since April, and the new boosters will soon make their appearances in the U.S. Of course, we cannot know for sure how the flu season will proceed this year, but experts say it may be worse than in 2020. This happens due to the coronavirus preventive measures, which kept us pretty busy.

Everyone should get their flu shots. The same goes for the COVID-19 vaccines. But we know what it is like worrying, so we are here to give you a little peace of mind.

Can I get both the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?

Of course, it’s safe and, actually, recommended doing so. But keep in mind that you should wait if you are infected with the virus. You can get them after.

Can I get both the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine booster at the same time?

As of now, we don’t know if the health officials will recommend the coronavirus booster shots according to the timeline, but, at some point, you will be able to get them both at the same time.

Dr. David Weber, from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, stated, “There is no real bar out there. My own personal advice would be to separate the two by a week, but you don’t have to if it’s more convenient.” This gap will allow your body to recover from the sides effect caused by the vaccine – if there are any. Weber suggests getting the COVID-19 booster first if you are to choose.

When should I get the flu shot?

September and October are suitable for getting the flu shot. It takes two weeks for your body to develop antibodies against the influenza viruses. Flu season usually lasts from October to May.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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