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COVID-19 and Flu Vaccinations: ‘Can I get them together?’

Health • by Paul De Beyer • 07 July 2022

It’s officially flu season and that generally means runny noses, headaches, sore throats, coughs and fevers. Hang on, that sounds a lot like COVID-19, doesn’t it? Well, while they aren’t the same virus, the seasonal flu and COVID-19 have a few things in common: the biggest one being that you can get vaccinated for both!

It feels like it was just the other day, December 2019, to be precise, that there were vague reports of a new strain of coronavirus found in the Wuhan region of China. Little did we know that our entire world would be turned on its head a few months later, and we’d still be living with the repercussions today.

But, like all things, times change and there are signs of life returning to normal, especially now that we have more people vaccinated against COVID-19. The thing is, none of those usual bugs and illnesses went away just because the big, bad coronavirus took centre stage for a while. In fact, your regular flu is just as rife as it’s always been.

So, can you, or SHOULD YOU, get vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu? Let’s see if we can find out.

What is a flu vaccine?

Each year there are a bunch of new strains of the influenza virus that develop across the world. And, like clockwork, each year the various vaccine manufacturers identify the most prevalent strains and create a vaccine to combat them.

This annual flu jab is something most of us are pretty familiar with, and, if you’re a GetSavvi Health member, you can book your vaccination by using your FeelBetterFast benefit.

What if I have a COVID vaccination? Do I need both?

They are technically two totally different viruses so neither vaccine will protect you from the other one. In fact, it might be more important than ever to get your flu jab as avoiding the flu could help you if you should contract COVID-19.

Whenever we get sick, our bodies take a big knock as they recover from a virus, so if you’ve just recovered, or are recovering, from the flu and then catch COVID-19, the chances are that you’re going to have a much tougher time getting over it. 

Can I get my flu vaccination at the exact same time as my COVID-19 vaccination?

Actually, you can. If it makes your life easier, you can schedule back-to-back vaccination appointments and there will be no more adverse effects than normal.

One thing to consider though: generally one suffers from a sore arm after a vaccination so getting both vaccinations in one arm could be really, really sore the next day. You might want to consider getting one in each arm, or even waiting a little in between them to allow your arm to recover.  

What about kids?

The same rules apply to children over the age of six months, and getting more than one vaccination at a time shouldn’t have any adverse effects. However, it might be worth considering the sore arm!

How does GetSavvi Health help with vaccinations?

GetSavvi Health offers access to Preventative Benefits that include vaccinations against diseases like tetanus, pneumonia, hepatitis A and B, and seasonal flu.

We don’t administer or offer COVID-19 vaccinations, but these are free to all people living in South Africa.

Simply register on the EVDS website and you can simply walk into your nearest vaccine site for your free COVID-19 vaccination.

If you want to know more about becoming a GetSavvi Health member, and get access to loads of medical benefits, simply click here or call 0861 18 92 02.

References:
The Covid-19 Vaccine And Flu Vaccine
Can Kids Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Along With the Flu Vaccine?
Can I get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time?
Why has the spread of COVID-19 made it more important than ever to have your annual flu vaccine?
Can my child get a COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same visit?
Is it true? Do I have to wait between getting the Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 vaccine?

 

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