Now is the time to get both your Covid booster and the flu vaccine, Elizabeth Tracey reports
Fall is here, and with it more indoor activities and more viruses circulating, including Covid and the flu. Anna Durbin, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says everyone who’s eligible should be vaccinated against both viral illnesses.
Durbin: We need both vaccines. We are expecting a bad flu season this year. The flu vaccines are nowhere near as good as the Covid vaccines. They’re old school technology. My guess is we’ll be having new mRNA flu vaccines in the not too distant future, but for right now we’re using pretty antiquated technology for these vaccines. They’re just broken up pieces of the virus, inactivated. The flu vaccines are very good at preventing hospitalization and death, only moderately in the prevention of symptomatic illness. :33
Durbin says it is possible to get both vaccines on the same day if you choose. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.