5 Things to Know About the Flu and Covid-19 Vaccines

It’s flu season and you might be wondering if it is safe to get the flu shot when you are also getting the COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster shot. Don’t worry. Here are five things to know about flu and covid-19 vaccines that will answer your questions.

 

1. Can you get the COVID-19 and the flu vaccine at the same time?

Yes. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at the same time as other vaccines, including the flu vaccine. Both vaccines are safe and may be offered at the same time, including the COVID-19 booster shot. The flu and COVID-19 are contagious and serious respiratory illnesses that spread quickly and easily. Receiving both vaccines can maximize protection and reduce the risk of experiencing serious respiratory illness. 

 

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2. When should I get the flu shot?

Seasonal flu starts in early October and it is recommended that people receive the flu shot before the end of October. This gives the body time to build immunity and you won’t be put at risk during the peak of flu season. There were less cases of the flu in 2021 due to a year full of social distancing, mask wearing, and proactive protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, the reopening of businesses and activities can cause an increase in this year’s flu cases. Protect yourself and your family and get the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine.

 

3. Who can get the flu shot?

The flu vaccine is safe for individuals 6-months and older. Getting vaccinated against the flu every year and practicing good hygiene by washing your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds are the best ways to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal influenza.

 

4. I'm pregnant. Should I get a flu shot?

Yes. Pregnant women should receive a seasonal flu shot. There has been a long history of pregnant women receiving the flu shot with great safety records. The CDC recommends pregnant women receive the flu vaccine, NOT the live attenuated vaccine. Receiving the flu vaccine can reduce more serious health risks accompanied with the influenza in pregnant women. Fortunately, Variety Care offers pregnancy care, including prenatal, post natal, and newborn care. Consult with a doctor for find out what is best for you and your baby.  

 

5. Where can I get the flu shot?

Variety Care offers the flu vaccine to all individuals, with or without insurance. You can register for the flu shot by booking an online appointment through the Healow app or by calling 405-632-6688. To learn more about the flu vaccine, visit varietycare.org/flu.  

 

 

Call today to make an appointment.

 

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