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CDC Warns You "Should Not" Do This Before Getting Vaccine

Should you get it along with the flu vaccine? 
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
Young woman taking a vaccine from her doctor.

Every day, more people are lining up for the COVID-19 vaccine. Health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases—warn that getting the population vaccinated for the first time is essential in order to achieve herd immunity. However, in order to sustain it, people will need to be vaccinated regularly. So, after your initial shot and booster, when will be a good time to go in for your second round of immunizations? Don't plan on it being at your next flu shot appointment, instruct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read on to find out what they said about pairing the flu shot or any other vaccines with the COVID vaccine—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

The CDC Advises You Should Not Get a COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Vaccine at the Same Time

"No. You should not get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time," the CDC firmly states as part of new guidance.

"COVID-19 vaccines should be given alone with at least 14 days either before or after you get any other vaccines, including a flu vaccine," they continue. "This is because there is currently limited information on the safety and effectiveness of getting other vaccines at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine. As more information becomes available, this recommendation may change. Your healthcare provider can help you decide the best vaccination schedule for you and your family."

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Once You Are Vaccinated, When Will You Need to Get It Again?

Unfortunately, the CDC still isn't sure exactly how long immunity from an infection or the vaccine will last. 

"COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness," they explain. "Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available."

"Current evidence suggests that getting the virus again (reinfection) is uncommon in the 90 days after the first infection with the virus that causes COVID-19," they point out. "We won't know how long immunity lasts after vaccination until we have more data on how well COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Experts are working to learn more about both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available."

In the meantime, it is still crucial to follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.