Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies have been focused on getting people vaccinated for COVID-19, health experts are also advising those not to skip the flu shot this year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)AP
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies have been focused on getting people vaccinated for COVID-19, health experts are also stressing not to skip a flu shot this year.
Flu cases dropped to historic lows last year in the U.S. during the height of the pandemic, according to the CDC.
But with schools and businesses reopening, and international travel restrictions loosening, the flu could make a comeback along with the existing COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is what you need to know about getting your flu shot if you already had or if you have COVID-19.
Individuals are able to “receive the flu shot if they previously had COVID,” Dr. Sandra Adams, a virologist and biology professor at Montclair State University told NJ Advance Media.
Dr. Adams also added that catching COVID does not protect you from getting the flu, as they are two separate viruses.
“The antibodies produced against COVID are specific to the virus that causes COVID,” she said. “They offer no protection against influenza.”
But you can catch COVID and the flu at the same time, and be susceptible to respiratory failure or pneumonia, if you do not protect yourself in advance.
Dr. Adams told NJ Advance Media that “you should postpone receiving the flu shot for at least 10 days after the initial positive test for COVID.”
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