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Fri Oct 1, 2021, 04:46 PM

Covid Shot and Fle Shot Together - Info from my Doctor

I recently emailed my Doc to ask if it was ok for me to get the Covid Booster and Flu shot together. The answer I got was that other vaccines should not be taken within 14 days of the Covid shot. This was news to me and not what I have heard elsewhere, so I thought I should pass the information on. Doctors may differ on this so you should check with your own.

Poster #7 below is worth reading because he/she points out that my Doc's advice is different from the CDC and others.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 04:50 PM

1. The word I got was

Influenza vaccine ok to take with COVID (and btw, the CDC is encouraging this so healthcare workers donít have to deal with both illnesses), but Shingrax vaccine NO. I did not ask further from the pharmacist.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 04:51 PM

2. The guy in front of me at the pharmacy got his booster and flu shot

this morning together. Or so he told me when he came out.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 04:54 PM

3. My doc said 30 days, so I took the booster and will wait to get the flu shot.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 04:55 PM

4. Vaccines can make you feel rundown because your immune system is signaling you

This is an evolutionary advantage to get you to distance yourself from your pack.

It is not your immune system itself being overwhelmed. It can handle more than one shot generally speaking.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 04:56 PM

5. Posters here indicate they had both at once.



I recall one of the questions when I signed up for my first shot in March was whether I had a vaccination within two weeks. The didn't specify what sort of vaccine.

My gut feeling is that I want my body to devote its resources to work on one virus at a time. I don't think I've seen any data about doubling up.

I've already had the flu shot and am awaiting a decision about the Moderna booster so this is rapidly becoming a non issue for me.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 04:56 PM

6. I've heard from multiple places that you can get them together

But if you don't get them together, you need to wait 2 weeks.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 05:03 PM

7. Not true. Your doc is not up to date with CDC's guidelines and the ACIP recommendations.

All inactivated vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be given on the same day, or on any day before or after giving other inactivated or live vaccines. Early guidance from ACIP recommended against coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccinations; however, ACIP updated its guidance in mid-2021 to state that these vaccines may be coadministered with other vaccinations when necessary.


In adults, now that Shingrex has pretty much become the vaccine of choice for shingles, all vaccines administered routinely are inactivated. (with the exception of yellow fever vaccine for travel, a booster of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine for potentially exposed Health Care workers, or small pox--none which come into play routinely for most adult Americans). Thus, COVID-19 most certainly CAN be given with routine adult vaccines, including most certainly influenza.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/covid-19-vaccines-us.html#Coadministration

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 05:03 PM

8. I got both together on this past Monday...Pfizer booster and flu.

No side effects.

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