Does the flu vaccine affect my chances of getting covid-19?

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2020

Karima Ameri, 45, said her doctor advised her to get the vaccine quickly to avoid a potential shortage "because more and more people want to be vaccinated precisely out of fear of being weakened by the flu" and contracting COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health will be holding appointment-only community clinics starting on October 29.

She said the World Health Organization created a vastly different vaccine this year, noting last year's offering was "quite effective".

Physicians and primary care providers will also be providing flu vaccine to patients, and there will be target immunization clinics in group homes, shelters and other congregate settings where residents are not able to access the clinics.

"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 Drive-Thru Flu Clinic will be held at the Manitowoc County Expo Center from 2:00 to 5:00 for children age 6 months to 18 years old.

The CDC says the vaccine will not cause you to fall ill with the flu, and that the protection it provides takes about two weeks to kick in.

"The less influenza illness we have the less people will need to get tested or rule out COVID illnesses as well".

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