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COVID-19: can I get vaccinated if I have the flu?

Without a doubt, one of the most common questions about the vaccine against COVID-19 is associated with its effect in relation to other diseases, so it is almost certain that someone in your environment has heard you wonder if it is possible to get vaccinated while being with ?

Unlike what happens with food intake, when there are those who receive the recommendation to eat everything, while others are recommended to stop eating fish, pork and shellfish for three days, in this case, the consensus is absolute.

Various health entities and multilateral organizations, both national and foreign, have agreed to recommend that when you have the flu, vaccination against COVID-19 should be postponed.

According to the Question and Answer Guide on Vaccination “What should I know about vaccines against COVID-19?” from Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and of the World Health Organization (WHO), “It is recommended to postpone vaccination until people have recovered from the flu, from any other respiratory or feverish symptoms”.

While from Unicef ​​they also emphasize the same recommendation “Postpone vaccination until people have recovered from the flu or any other respiratory condition or if they have a fever”.

Although both viruses cause respiratory diseases that are easily transmitted and with very similar symptoms, the viruses that cause influenza (influenza) and COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2) are of different characteristics. Thus, a test is needed to determine the type of virus and whether it is flu or coronavirus.

In this sense, it is also recommended that the person go to a medical consultation in case they develop any symptoms associated with a respiratory viral infection such as fever, cough or sore throat. So that? For the health specialist to determine your treatment and how long you should wait to receive your first dose of the COVID-19 or influenza vaccine, if you have also decided to get it.

Trying to break down some of the myths that have arisen in relation to the vaccine that seeks to protect us against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) has also decided to respond to some of them:

Myth 1: “If I have suffered from the disease, I no longer need to be vaccinated”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunity to COVID-19 after an infection could last for a short time, so there is no conclusive information yet and some reinfections have already been known. Therefore, you need to be vaccinated, whether or not you have had the disease.

Myth 2: “Vaccines are more dangerous than COVID-19”

So far, those vaccinated have only reported symptoms such as pain at the application site and inflammation, general malaise and mild headache, so they cannot be considered dangerous.

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