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Flu and COVID vaccines should be taken together

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Flu season is here and medical professionals with the nonprofit Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, are urging those who are able to get a flu shot to consider doing so. They are also recommending covid-19 vaccinations and boosters.

Zanthia Wiley is a doctor of infectious diseases at Emory Hospital.

"I do recommend everyone who is eligible to receive the covid vaccine please go out to receive the vaccine," Wiley said. "But also it's going to be as important, since the flu is a respiratory virus, to get your flu vaccines as well." 

Wiley says while early recommendations suggested separating the two vaccines, experts now say both shots can be taken together.

She says last year’s covid precautions, which included, sheltering in place, and virtual schools in addition to masks and social distancing resulted in an unusually mild flu season. Though much focus remains on covid, Wiley warns we can expect an increase flu cases this year and that the flu can be quite serious.

People over the age of six months can receive a flu vaccine.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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