Can you get flu and COVID-19 booster shots at the same time?

                As flu season begins, some Marylanders are wondering if they should get the flu shot and the new COVID-19 booster shot at the same time.||  COVID-19 Updates |  Latest Maryland Numbers |  Take the test  Vaccine Information ||The Maryland Hospital Association encourages everyone who is eligible to get the COVID-19 booster shot as soon as possible.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people can get a COVID-19 booster shot and the flu shot at the same time.  But should you?  Dr.  Sinai Hospital's Miriam Alexander said there is no evidence that there is a risk of getting the vaccinations at the same time.  "It's totally acceptable to get the booster shot and the flu shot at the same time, if that's what you'd like, or you can separate them. Either one is fine," Alexander said.  Doctors say Marylanders shouldn't hesitate to get the new bivalent COVID-19 booster shot.  Video below: What's the difference with the new COVID-19 booster shots?''This gives you immunity to the two most common strains circulating,'' Alexander said.  "There's going to be an increase in COVID this fall because we're all going to indoor environments and being closer to each other."  Doctors said the updated COVID-19 booster vaccine protects better against the omicron BA.4 and BA subvariants.  5. The BA.5 variant currently accounts for nearly 90% of all circulating COVID-19 strains.  Alexander said children 12 and older are eligible for the new COVID-19 booster.|  RELATED: Should You Get a New COVID-19 Booster?  If so, when?  And while the flu vaccine is now widely available, people may not want to wait." Typically, the best time to get a flu shot is in October because the flu vaccine loses some of its its potency in the early spring, and we want you to be protected against the flu even in February and early March, when we know we still have the flu," Alexander said.  "We think there may be an increase in the flu this year."  As of Wednesday, Maryland hospitals were treating 445 hospitalized patients for COVID-19, and Maryland is still reporting an average of 1,000 new confirmed cases each day.  Marylanders can find a vaccine provider and make an appointment at covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MDGOVAX.  Video below: Cold, flu or COVID?  How to distinguish the symptoms?
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                <strong class="dateline">BALTIMORE -</strong>                                           <p>As flu season begins, some Marylanders are wondering if they should get the flu shot and the new COVID-19 booster shot at the same time.<br/>

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The Maryland Hospital Association encourages everyone who is eligible to get the COVID-19 booster shot as soon as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people can get a COVID-19 booster shot and the flu shot at the same time. But should you?

Dr. Miriam Alexander, from Sinai Hospital, said there is no evidence that there is a risk of receiving the injections at the same time.

“It’s totally acceptable to get the booster shot and the flu shot at the same time, if that’s what you’d like, or you can separate them. Either is fine,” Alexander said.

Doctors say Marylanders shouldn’t hesitate to get the new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine.

Video below: How different are the new COVID-19 booster shots?

“This gives you immunity to the two most common strains that are circulating,” Alexander said. “There’s going to be an increase in COVID this fall because we’re all going to indoor environments and being closer to each other.”

Doctors said the updated COVID-19 booster vaccine protects better against the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. Currently, the BA.5 variant accounts for almost 90% of all circulating COVID-19 strains.

Alexander said children 12 and older are eligible for the new COVID-19 booster.

| RELATED: Should you get a new COVID-19 booster? If so, when?

And while the flu vaccine is now widely available, people may not want to wait.

“Typically, the best time to get a flu shot is sometime in October because the flu shot loses some of its potency in the early spring, and we want you to be protected against the flu as late as February and early March when we know I still have the flu,” Alexander said. “We think there may be an uptick in the flu this year.”

As of Wednesday, Maryland hospitals were treating 445 hospitalized patients for COVID-19, and Maryland is still reporting an average of 1,000 new confirmed cases each day.

Marylanders can find a vaccine provider and make an appointment at covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MDGOVAX.

Video below: Cold, flu or COVID? How to distinguish the symptoms?

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