Can I take the COVID-19 booster and flu shots at the same time? I have lupus and I take immunosuppressants.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), you can get a flu vaccine at the same time you get a COVID-19 vaccine, including a COVID-19 booster shot. If you are immunocompromised, however, we recommend you speak with your rheumatologist or other health care provider first about the timing of the shots and your immunosuppressant medication.
Some people may need to stop their immunosuppressant medications for one to two weeks after each COVID-19 vaccine. Again, please check with your lupus doctor before getting your booster.
Questions to ask your doctor about these vaccines:
- Which COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine are right for me?
- If I do not feel well, should I wait until I feel better to get these vaccines?
- Am I a candidate for EVUSHELD™, a medicine to help prevent COVID-19 among those who are moderately to severely compromised?
- Do I need to stop any of my medications before or after getting vaccinated?
As you may already know from experience, these vaccines can have mild side effects that may last up to a couple of days. Below are the commonly reported side effects of the bivalent COVID-19 (updated booster) and flu vaccine. Don’t forget to ask your doctor what you should do if you experience side effects from the vaccines.
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Pain, redness & swelling at the injection site
Muscle ache or pain
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