As we resume our normal pre-COVID activities, it’s important to be up to date on your COVID vaccine in addition to getting a flu shot. Here’s what you need to know to get through a very challenging and different cold/flu and COVID season.
We have the latest Pfizer bivalent COVID booster at four of our seven IEP Urgent Care locations. Click here to find the location nearest you. According to the CDC, if it has been at least two months since your last COVID booster shot, you are eligible and should get one now. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the new COVID booster made by Pfizer and BioNTech for fully vaccinated people as young as 12.
“This year is predicted to be a very active flu season,” said Dr. Katharine Lounsberry, IEP Urgent Care's Medical Director. “And yes, you can get your COVID booster and flu shot at the same time.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 and flu vaccines can be administered at the same time. With experience and understanding of the common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, health experts now say there is no reason to space out the shots.
“Since it takes a bit of time for the flu vaccine to become fully effective, October is widely considered to be the best month to get your flu shot so that you are most protected during the peak of the flu season,” said Dr. Lounsberry.
Before our lives get busy planning for and enjoying the upcoming holidays, make October the month to make protect you and your family. As we move indoors and socialize with family and friends, being fully vaccinated against flu and COVID is the best way to stay safe…and don’t forget to wash your hands!