Yes, it’s safe to get the flu and COVID vaccines at the same time
With flu season approaching, and the surge of COVID cases continuing, our doctors want you to know that it is safe to get both vaccines at the same time.
Tobias Pusch, M.D., tells KATU’s “Afternoon Live” that the peak of flu season is expected by the second week of November. Dr. Pusch says if you are getting both vaccines separately, get vaccinated for COVID first, but there isn’t a medical need to spread them out.
“If you’re short on time and you want to go get all your vaccines done, yes, by all means, go and get that done,” Dr. Pusch says.
Dr. Pusch says the symptoms of COVID, the flu and respiratory syncytial virus – RSV is mostly prevalent in children – are very similar and overlap too much to easily tell them apart without testing. Dr. Pusch says if you’re experiencing mild symptoms, don’t immediately go to the hospital.
“If you just have mild upper respiratory tract symptoms – you have a runny nose, you have a bit of a sore throat, maybe a mild fever or a headache – it’s completely reasonable to wait,” says Dr. Pusch. “If you’re concerned enough about your symptoms, call your physician’s office, and they will advise you further.”
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KATU “Afternoon Live” l COVID-19, flu and RSV, with Dr. Tobias Pusch