Should You Get the Flu Shot if You Got the COVID-19 Vaccine?

John Whyte, MD

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September 10, 2021

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JOHN WHYTE: Flu season has arrived. If you got the COVID vaccine, you might be wondering: Do you still need to get the flu shot? And if so, when? We didn't see a lot of flu last year, mainly because of the lockdowns, as well as the fact that most of us were wearing masks and social distancing.

Many experts believe that might lead to a serious flu season, given the fact that most of us were not exposed to flu last year, so we might not have as much immune protection. As a result, we might be at greater risk for flu this year than previous years.

Since we're also seeing more COVID breakthrough infections, you definitely want to protect yourself. Could you imagine the impact of getting the flu and COVID at the same time? That's a double whammy you do not want to put your body through. So go ahead and get the flu shot.

Now, remember, it takes a couple of weeks after the shot for you to be protected, so please don't wait too long. And don't worry about the flu vaccine interfering with the COVID vaccine or any boosters. Previously, the CDC recommended waiting 14 days between the COVID vaccine and any other vaccines, but now they say you can get both the flu vaccine and the COVID vaccine at the same time. You might just want to consider putting them in different arms.

This interview originally appeared on WebMD on September 10, 2021

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