As the threat of COVID-19 and its variants continues to impact local communities, many are choosing to vaccinate themselves against the disease. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of contracting COVID-19. And, in breakthrough cases where a fully vaccinated person contracts COVID-19, vaccination can also safeguard against severe illness and hospitalization. However, with flu season coming, many may be wondering whether they should vaccinate themselves again. Rapides Urgent Care offers COVID-19 and flu shots in Alexandria, LA, to keep communities safer. Learn more about these vaccines as well as how you can protect yourself against both illnesses.
The Benefits of Receiving Both Vaccines
Some people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine may think it will also protect them against the flu. However, this is incorrect. While both viruses can attack the respiratory system and share many similar symptoms, they are not the same. Flu vaccines are not designed to protect against COVID-19, and COVID-19 vaccines are not designed to protect against flu viruses. For this reason, only vaccines that have been developed specifically to safeguard against their respective viruses will be effective.
However, being vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu can bring other benefits. It is possible, for example, to become infected with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. The presence of two diseases at once—also called comorbidity—can compound the severity of the illness. But, by vaccinating yourself against these viruses, you can reduce your chances of contracting both. And, in the event of a breakthrough COVID-19 case, a flu vaccine can also reduce a person’s risk for catching COVID-19 and the flu simultaneously.
Is It Safe to Get Both Vaccines at the Same Time?
Influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are considered safe and effective by the CDC. But, some may be concerned about the safety of receiving both vaccines at once or within a short span of time. This may include concerns about how these vaccines might interact with one another. Some may also worry that receiving both vaccines too close together will increase the recipient’s chances of an adverse reaction. However, there is no current evidence indicating that coadministration increases the potential for negative side effects. According to the CDC, you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine (or booster shot) at the same time as the flu shot.
Where to Find COVID-19 Vaccines and Flu Shots in Alexandria, LA
If you are searching for a fast and convenient way to receive your COVID-19 and flu shots in Alexandria, LA, Rapides Urgent Care is here to help. Patients can check-in online and schedule their seasonal flu shots through a speedy and simplified online process. And, in addition to vaccination services, Rapides Urgent Care also offers COVID-19 testing at our Jackson Street, Pineville, and Coliseum Boulevard locations. Testing is available to online check-in, Virtual Visit patients, and walk-in patients. However, if you believe you may have COVID-19, please remain in your vehicle and call ahead or check-in online so that a staff member can assist you. Safeguard your health this flu season with quick, convenient, and affordable services from Rapides Urgent Care.