It’s that point of yr once more: flu season. The precise timing varies, however usually, instances begin to choose up in October with the height of the season taking place in December by way of February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And as soon as once more, we not solely need to take care of the flu circulating, however we’re additionally nonetheless within the COVID-19 pandemic, which suggests there’s an elevated threat for extreme illness from each viruses as we transfer into the colder months. So, it’s doubly necessary that you just ensure you’re updated in your COVID vaccinations and your flu shot. Particularly now that there’s a new bivalent COVID shot that protects in opposition to the highly-contagious omicron variant.

Are you able to examine two issues off your to-do listing without delay and get these photographs on the identical day? Right here’s what it is advisable to find out about getting the brand new COVID booster and the flu shot on the identical time.

“There isn’t any hazard in getting the brand new COVID booster and the flu shot on the identical time. It’s protected to get each photographs in a single go to,” mentioned Dr. Andy Anderson, govt vice chairman and chief medical and high quality officer at RWJBarnabas Well being in New Jersey.

If you happen to do resolve to get your photographs on the identical day, it’s endorsed to get one shot in every arm, he added.

That is useful since you’ll be protected in opposition to each viruses sooner quite than later.

“By administering them on the identical time, we’re extra possible to make sure that persons are protected in opposition to each of those ailments,” mentioned Dr. Laolu Fayanju, an Ohio-based household medication specialist with Oak Road Well being. “Each influenza and COVID are circulating.”

If you happen to get each vaccines on the identical day, you’ll be protected in opposition to extreme illness and issues like hospitalization and demise sooner, he famous. Take into account that it takes two weeks for each vaccines to totally kick in.

That is necessary for everybody, however it’s notably necessary for these at high-risk for extreme illness, like older individuals, individuals with bronchial asthma and different situations, who ought to be protected in opposition to each sicknesses as quickly as potential.

Plus, you’ll solely need to take care of vaccine uncomfortable side effects as soon as.

“When taken collectively, [the new COVID booster and flu shot] present related reactogenicity, which suggests the physique’s pure response to vaccines,” Fayanju mentioned.

In different phrases, these vaccine side effects you possible know all about at this level (headache, fever, fatigue, achiness) are recognized to occur with each vaccines. If you happen to get the photographs on the identical day, you’ll solely need to take care of these uncomfortable side effects on in the future versus two.

Anderson added that “the CDC notes that the best way that our our bodies develop safety and potential uncomfortable side effects are usually related whether or not vaccines are given alone or with different vaccines.”

This implies your uncomfortable side effects possible received’t be any worse for those who get each photographs on the identical day, Anderson mentioned. That mentioned, it’s nonetheless potential to really feel fairly crummy after vaccination. Be sure you hydrate, get your relaxation and are ready to take it simple the subsequent day in case you get up feeling awful.

Getting your flu shot and new COVID booster can protect you against both illnesses this fall and winter.

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Getting your flu shot and new COVID booster can shield you in opposition to each sicknesses this fall and winter.

And it’ll save time.

Going to a physician’s appointment isn’t usually probably the most thrilling a part of your day, and also you possible have many different issues to do, too. But when you may get each vaccines on the identical appointment, you’ll solely need to enterprise out to the physician as soon as, not twice, for these photographs.

“If we will save our sufferers time and guarantee they’re getting these vaccines on the identical time… I believe that’s to the affected person’s benefit,” Fayanju mentioned. And who doesn’t need to save a while when potential?

Test along with your physician about scheduling each photographs.

Whereas each consultants say it’s OK to get your photographs on the identical time, it’s best to nonetheless examine along with your physician if in case you have any hesitations. There are some individuals who will not be eligible for each photographs simply but.

For most individuals, the recommended timing for the flu shot is September or October, Anderson mentioned, however the really useful timing for the brand new COVID booster relies on a couple of elements: First, of us who just lately acquired their COVID booster or their preliminary vaccine ought to wait at the least two months to get this new COVID shot. Moreover, people who just had COVID can wait as much as three months to get this booster. Lastly, solely these 18 and over can get the Moderna booster. The brand new Pfizer shot is allowed for these 12 and up.

If you happen to fall into certainly one of these classes, you shouldn’t delay your flu shot simply to consolidate appointments. On this case, you’ll need to get protected in opposition to the flu first.

If you happen to don’t fall into these classes, you’re free to get the brand new booster shot now.

Take into account that relaxed public well being precautions might imply a extra extreme flu season.

Once we had been on the top of the pandemic, flu cases were low. This possible has to do with the general public well being measures — like masking and social distancing — that had been in impact. Now that these precautions are gone in most situations, flu instances possible may even creep up.

Plus, Australia had a bad flu season this yr, and “we can be taught lots from how our flu seasons right here within the Northern Hemisphere will proceed based mostly on what’s been happening within the Southern Hemisphere,” Fayanju mentioned.

So, it could not be a shock if we’re confronted with a tricky flu season, too.

“Flu kills tens of 1000’s of individuals,” yearly, Fayanju mentioned. The flu shot is the easiest way you’ll be able to shield your self and your family members from getting the virus.

Past that, COVID has killed greater than 1 million People to this point and is continuous to contaminate individuals each day. Being protected in opposition to these contagious COVID strains and the flu can solely profit you this fall and winter.

Consultants are nonetheless studying about COVID-19. The data on this story is what was recognized or out there as of publication, however steering can change as scientists uncover extra in regards to the virus. Please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for probably the most up to date suggestions.