The Oklahoma State Department of Health encouraged all Oklahomans to get the flu shot as soon as they are able this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines, meaning the flu shot and COVID vaccine can be safely co-administered the same day.
Previously, a waiting time of two weeks was suggested between administration of the COVID vaccine and any other vaccinations. It is now known adverse side effects are unlikely from co-administration of the COVID vaccine and others, the department reported. It is considered best practice to administer the vaccines in separate limbs if possible.
The flu and COVID have very similar symptoms along with the common cold and seasonal allergies; it is also possible to contract both the flu and COVID at the same time. The CDC and OSDH both recommend getting vaccinated for both the flu and COVID as soon as possible.
For protections against seasonal allergies and other upper respiratory illnesses, continue to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible and wash hands and wipe down surfaces frequently, the department recommends.