The Center for Disease Control advised people to get the flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster shot during the same visit.
The CDC had previously recommended that people wait 14 days between receiving different vaccines, but has since revised their guidelines.
“Now that we have so much experience with these Covid-19vaccines, which we didn’t have when they were first introduced, we are quite comfortable saying it’s fine to give them with other vaccines,” Kelly Moore, the CEO of the Immunization Action Coalition said to The Washington Post.
Countries around the world are anticipating an increase in cases in the winter months, which could potentially be worsened by the loss of immunity that occurs naturally after receiving the first two doses of the vaccine.
There is no negative interference when getting a Covid-19 booster shot at the same time as a flu shot.
As of October 21, the CDC has made people who received Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines and are 65 years and older, 18 and older and live in long-term care settings, 18 and older and have underlying medical conditions, or 18 and older and work or live in high-risk settings eligible to receive a booster shot.
Experts across the world agree with CDC’s recommendation
Experts across the world are issuing advice that follows the CDC’s lead. Dr. Olivier Veran, the health minister for France, encouraged those eligible to receive their flu shots and booster shots to do so in a televised appearance on Friday:
“Already, 10 million doses are available in pharmacies, prioritized for the most vulnerable people,” Veran said. “This vaccination can be done at the same time as that against Covid.”
French people who meet the current standards for booster shots can get a booster shot in one arm and a flu shot in the other. France has currently made booster shots available to pregnant women, immunocompromised people, and people over the age of 65.
“This is the first winter when Covid-19 and seasonal flu are expected to be circulating together, putting more lives at risk,” said Dr. Mary Ramsay, the chief of immunization at the U.K. Health Security Agency. “Vaccinations are important to protect against both diseases.”
Covid cases surge in Greece as flu season begins
Greece confirmed a recent high of 3,739 new Covid-19 infections this past Tuesday, with 12 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on October 19.
Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed a total of 700,959 infections. Of the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 124 infections are related to travel from abroad and 2,144 to other confirmed cases.
There are also 29 deaths recorded on Tuesday, October 19, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 15,447. Of these, 95.3 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.
A total of 356 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 66 years and 81.7 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 312 (87.64 percent) are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated and 44 (12.36 percent) are fully vaccinated.
Another 3,253 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.
In addition, 192 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital this past Tuesday. The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 208.
The median age of new infections is 39 years, while the median age of the deceased is 78 (range: 0.2 to 106 years).