Regarding immunizations, there are two critical choices to be taken as the start of autumn draws near.
The first is the recommended time for yearly flu shots.
According to experts, Australia is coming to the end of a flu season that started early and got worse as it progressed. They issue a warning as our winter season approaches that the United States may see a similar scenario.
The second choice concerns the timing of receiving the new COVID-19 booster dose tailored specifically for Omicron that the Food and Drug Administration approved a few weeks ago.
Beginning to show up in pharmacies and other places are the Moderna and Pfizer variations of that new booster.
The advice to have both immunizations may cause some people to have some concerns. Is it better to purchase both at once or space them out? Which one ought you purchase first?
Should you have a COVID-19 Omicron booster and a flu vaccination at the same time?
The new COVID booster and the flu vaccination can both be given at the same time. The immunological response you experience will be on par with when the vaccinations are administered separately. Additionally, there is no rise in major adverse effects, but you could have two aching arms for a day or two.
The rise in SARS-CoV-2 antibodies was not significantly different if the injections were given at separate times or all at once, and giving both at once did not increase side effects. You can have the flu vaccine and the new COVID-19 booster at the same time if it’s more convenient logistically. However, the research did not report on neutralizing antibody titers or T cell immunological responses to COVID-19 with the two distinct schedules.
Should you have the injections in the same arm if you get them all at once?
At least one inch should separate each shot administered concurrently. The doses should be administered in different arms, though, as some patients experience adverse responses at the injection site with both immunizations. Again, there is no drawback to administering them to the same arm other than spreading out the two injections to lessen the likelihood of injection site responses.
The majority of healthcare professionals will administer the COVID and flu vaccines in different arms if you are receiving both at the same time. The injection sites must be at least an inch apart, which may offer challenges, especially for smaller people. It is feasible to administer both vaccinations in the same arm.
How long should it take for you to recover from the flu before getting vaccinated against COVID-19?
There is no necessary time gap between the two vaccinations that you need to wait if you choose to have the updated COVID booster and the flu shot on different days.
According to the COVID ComfluCov research, you can receive both injections at once. Before receiving this Omicron-specific booster, it is advised that you wait at least 6 months since your most recent infection or booster. Continue to show during the Omicron variant period the advantage of an increased neutralizing antibody and memory B cell response when spaced apart from doses. For at least six months, a booster offers antibody defense.
Which vaccination ought to be received first? A COVID-19 booster or a flu shot?
That varies. The first two weeks of November or the month of October are ideal for receiving the flu shot. By doing so, you may ensure that your immunity will persist until March when flu season officially ends. Obtaining your current COVID booster may be first on your “to-do” list if it has been a while since your last COVID vaccination because your protection is starting to diminish at this point. Reminder: Before receiving the new updated COVID booster, it must be at least 2 months since your last COVID vaccination or at least 3 months since you have fully recovered from a COVID infection.
If you wait until late autumn or early winter to have your COVID-19 booster, you can get the influenza vaccine first this fall, which should be administered six months after your prior booster (or illness).