Will a flu shot protect you from coronavirus?
Health experts are urging people to get their flu shot this year as the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. are once again on the rise.
But could getting a flu shot also protect you from COVID-19? No, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
“While it would be nice, there’s no evidence that flu shots can protect you from COVID-19, an entirely different disease,” ADPH said in a Facebook post.
That doesn’t mean you should skip the flu vaccine, however.
“The flu shot can help protect you from having the flu, which results is hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations a year and thousands of deaths. Plus, with the continued spread of COVID-19, experts warn that without proper precautions, we could experience a “twindemic” of both flu and COVID-19,” ADPH added.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends people get vaccinated before flu season starts and begins to spread in your community. It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.
The CDC recommends people get vaccinated by the end of October. The flu vaccine is recommended for:
- Everyone 6 months or older
- High risk groups including young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions and people age 65 and older.
- Healthcare workers
- Caregivers for people in high risk groups or for infants younger than 6 months old