What Parents Need to Know About Vaccinating for Flu and COVID-19

Once again it is that time of the year when families have the option to get vaccinated against the flu. It provides a way to save everyone from weeks in bed with a stuffy nose, sore throat, fatigue and headache.

This year with the COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada for children aged five and older, some parents may be wondering if they should be getting their children vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19.

One concern is whether or not the flu and the COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time. According to David M. Souleles, director of COVID-19 response at the University of California, Irvine, “The COVID-19 vaccine initial doses or boosters may be given at the same time as the flu vaccine.”

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been saying that getting vaccinated for the flu this year is perhaps even more important than before. This is due specifically to the dangers of getting sick with both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

“Both vaccines are important to protecting the health of our children, families, and communities,” said Souleles.

Parents who may still be concerned about having their child vaccinated with both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time can space out the dates between vaccinations.

“If you are concerned about taking both vaccines at once, priority should be given to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Kristina Deeter, a pediatric intensivist at the Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada. However, it is important to get the flu vaccine soon as infections are beginning to occur across the community. Similar to other vaccines, it will take your body about two weeks to develop immunity after the flu vaccine.”

“Vaccinating our children against Covid-19 and the flu not only protects our children, but those more vulnerable in our families and communities, such as seniors and those with underlying health conditions,” explained Souleles.

With the holiday season approaching, Dr. Deeter said that vaccinating children against COVID-19 and the flu will be particularly important as many families will be hosting gatherings.

“Parents who are concerned and have questions should reach out to their health care provider or local vaccine clinic to discuss,” said Dr. Deeter.

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