Ugh, the flu season, its back, and predicted to be a more difficult year due to last year being relatively mild. If you have never had the flu, trust me, you don’t want to experience it. The body aches, fever, chills, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, oh and don’t forget the possible GI symptoms some people experience! Sounds great, doesn’t it?
The good news, if there is any, is that the flu vaccine is available and in abundant supply right now. Another bit of good news is that if you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, at least 6 months after your second dose of Pfizer you can get the COVID-19 booster at the same time you get your flu shot! Sure, you might have two sore arms instead of one, but you don’t have to go back! Moderna and J&J are currently in the process of seeking an EUA for a booster so stay tuned!
To be clear, the CDC does recommend that the vaccines be given in different locations of the body (both arms, etc.) so yes, you will have some discomfort, but it will be worth it, I promise! So, talk to your primary care doc or simply call your local pharmacy, most are ready and willing to give you a poke! Stay well, stay informed, and stay tuned!