Once again, flu season is here. Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, some may have questions about whether they should get a flu shot or skip the trip to a clinic. Here, we address concerns related to vaccination and some common misconceptions about Covid-19, the flu shot, and the relationship between the two.
Is it safe to get a flu shot during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Public spaces will always carry some risk for exposure to Covid-19. However, a flu shot will not increase that risk in any way. In fact, it’s highly recommended that you get your flu vaccine this year for a variety of reasons:
- The flu can seriously affect your respiratory system and mandate hospitalization. Getting your flu shot can help ensure that you don’t require that trip to the hospital.
- A 2021 study found that getting vaccinated against the flu can mitigate the severity of symptoms and reduce the chance of developing complications that could require hospitalization.
- Getting your flu vaccine can help prevent simultaneous infections: in other words, contracting both Covid-19 and the flu at the same time.
- The flu shots can help prevent subsequent infections – one illness followed by the other.
If you’re planning on getting your flu shot at a clinic or pharmacy, the best way to stay safe is to take the proper precautions before leaving home:
- Wear a mask
- Practice social distancing
- Wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available)
These are all prudent measures to mitigate your chance of contracting Covid-19 and the flu.
Another measure you can take is to avoid the trip to the pharmacy altogether: services like those provided by Drip Hydration bring the flu shot right to your door— the safest and easiest way to get a flu vaccine this year.
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 kinds of viruses. Talk to your doctor about getting a flu vaccine if you have recently tested positive for Covid-19. They will be able to give you the best recommendation for your situation.
Do you need a negative Covid-19 test to get a flu shot?
There are no such requirements in order to procure a flu shot. However, if you know you have an active infection of Covid-19, inform your clinic or pharmacy before getting your flu shot. They may have further recommendations and/or requirements to help ensure the safety of you and those around you.
Does a flu shot protect you from a Covid-19 infection?
No, a flu shot will not protect from a Covid-19 infection. The flu vaccine is designed to protect you from particular influenza strains. Covid-19 belongs to the classification coronavirus, which includes the common cold.
It’s recommended that you obtain your annual flu shot in September or October, prior to the start of flu season, as it takes several weeks for your body to manufacture antibodies against the virus. You will then have immunity for 4 – 6 months.
Does getting a flu shot increase your chances of catching Covid-19?
No, getting a flu shot does not heighten 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. However, it is sometimes possible to test positive for Covid-19 if you have been exposed to a different coronavirus, such as the common cold.
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Safe, At-Home Flu Shots And Covid-19 Tests
Getting a flu shot is a quick and easy way to protect yourself and those around you from contracting influenza. Drip Hydration makes getting your yearly shot effortless with in-home medical care. One of our registered nurses will arrive at 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 to help ensure your safety.