Here are answers to some commonly asked questions:
Can I get my annual flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine or booster at the same time?
Yes! CDC experts say you do not need to wait between these vaccines. You can get them on the same day, and the flu shot will not interfere with the COVID vaccine.
Even though it’s safe to get both at the same time, some people may choose to wait a few days if they’re concerned about any mild side effects (such as a sore arm or feeling tired).
How early should I get my flu shot?
It takes a few weeks for your body to make antibodies after you get the flu vaccine. And, its effectiveness begins to wear off after about six months. Therefore, it’s best to get your flu shot in September or October.
Who should get the Pfizer or Moderna booster?
The FDA urges a third dose (booster) for people who have jobs that put them at risk for exposure (such as health care/nursing home workers and teachers), people 65 and older, and those with certain health conditions, such as cancer, lung or liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stroke, being pregnant and a few others. Ask your doctor if you wonder whether you should get a booster.
My daughter just tested positive for COVID, yet my 3-year-old grandson tested negative. Can he still visit me?
It’s safest to wait. A child can test positive up to 14 days after exposure. Therefore, your grandson can infect you and, especially if you’re 65 or older, you might become seriously ill. A toddler is less likely to get really sick, yet an older adult can still develop troubling symptoms, even if vaccinated.
As always, if you have concerns about your specific health needs, be sure to ask your health care provider. And, if your senior family member is a resident of a CHI Living Communities campus, rest assured our employees and volunteers are vaccinated against both COVID-19 and the flu – it’s a requirement of being a member of our campus community.
Here’s to wishing you and yours a healthy fall and winter!