10 Nov Is It Safe To Get A Flu Shot During The Covid-19 Pandemic?
Flu season is just about here. Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, you may have a lot of questions about whether or not it’s safe to get a flu shot this year. Here, we talk about the safety of getting vaccinated and some common misconceptions about Covid-19 and the flu shot.
Is it safe to get a flu shot during the Covid-19 pandemic?
There is always some risk of contracting Covid-19 when you’re in a public space. Overall, though, it’s safe to get a flu shot during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, it’s highly recommended that you get your flu vaccine this year.
The flu can be serious and require hospitalization. Getting your flu shot can help ensure that there’s a hospital bed open for someone with Covid-19 if needed. Getting your flu vaccine can also help prevent dual infections: in other words, getting sick with both Covid-19 and the flu at the same time. Likewise, the flu shot can help prevent subsequent infections – one illness followed by the other.
If you plan to get your flu shot at a clinic or pharmacy, the best way to stay safe is to take some precautions before you leave home. Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands (or using hand sanitizer if water isn’t available) can help reduce the chance of you catching Covid-19.
An at-home flu shot with Concierge MD LA is the safest way to get your annual vaccine without unnecessarily exposing yourself to Covid-19.
Can you get a flu shot while infected with coronavirus?
There is a lot that scientists don’t yet know about how Covid-19 interacts with other types of viruses. Talk to your doctor about whether or not to get a flu shot if you are currently sick with Covid-19. They will be able to provide the best recommendation for your situation.
Do you need a negative Covid-19 test to get a flu shot?
There are no requirements that you need to test negative for Covid-19 prior to getting a flu shot. However, if you know you have an active infection of Covid-19, inform your clinic or pharmacy prior to getting your flu shot. They may have additional recommendations and/or requirements to help keep both you and those around you safe.
Does a flu shot protect you from a Covid-19 infection?
No, a flu shot does not protect from a Covid-19 infection. The flu vaccine is designed to protect you from certain influenza strains. Covid-19 belongs to the family of coronaviruses, which include the common cold.
It’s recommended that you get your annual flu shot in September or October, prior to the start of flu season, as it takes a couple weeks for your body to develop antibodies against the virus. You will then have protection for 4 – 6 months.
Does getting a flu shot increase your chances of catching Covid-19?
No, getting a flu shot does not increase your chances of getting Covid-19.
Will you test positive for Covid-19 if you had a flu shot?
No, you will not test positive for Covid-19 if you had a flu shot. Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) are two different viruses from two different families.
That said, it is sometimes possible to test positive for Covid-19 if you have another type of coronavirus, such as the common cold.
Safe, At-Home Flu Shots And Covid-19 Tests
Getting a flu shot is a fast and easy way to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick. Concierge MD LA makes getting your annual shot effortless with in-home flu shots. One of our registered nurses comes to your home to administer the vaccine. Our nurses wear medical-grade personal protective equipment and adhere to social distancing as much as possible during your appointment for your safety.