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Can I get the flu and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time?

Editor’s note: The video above is a report on concerns about the coronavirus this winter.

(WJW) — If you haven’t been vaccinated against the flu, COVID-19, or both, health leaders say it’s okay to get vaccines at the same time, regardless of age.

While last year’s flu season had minimal impact on people due to masks and lockdowns, that won’t be the case this year.

According to the Boston Children’s Hospital, this means that many people will have a lower resistance to flu this year than at the start of most flu seasons.

That means it’s even more important to get vaccinated against the flu this year, and health leaders continue to push for vaccinations for all age groups, especially children ages 5 to 11 who have recently been eligible for COVID-19 injections.

The Centers for Disease Control says if you want to get the flu and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time, that’s okay for kids and adults.

Your immune response to one vaccine is not affected by the other vaccine.

The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months get a flu vaccine.

Also 5 years and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are the side effects listed for children ages 5 to 11 who receive the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, according to Mayo Clinic:

  • Pain where the shot was given
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • muscle strain
  • Fever
  • joint pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Nausea
  • Decreased appetite

According to health leaders in Ohio, the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine were milder in children than in adults.

Doctors say side effects result from the body working to build its immune response.

Flu vaccines have similar side effects.

According to the CDC, they are:

  • Pain, redness and/or swelling where the injection was given
  • Headache (low degree)
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • muscle strain
  • Fatigue

Flu shots are designed to protect against the four most common flu viruses.

The CDC says the flu peaks most often in February.

Like the COVID-19 vaccines, you can still get the flu if you’re vaccinated.

The vaccine is intended to prevent you from becoming seriously ill.

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