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December 5, 2023

Should you get a flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine? Health experts are recommending that the best protection against both viruses is vaccination. If you don’t want to make two trips, talk to your doctor about getting both at the same time.

The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are for different illnesses. A seasonal flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19. Getting both vaccines will give you the highest level of protection. Medicare covers both vaccines at 100%, which means you will have no out-of-pocket costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu shots, because the vaccine is updated each year to better match circulating influenza viruses. The flu generally peaks in January or February and can still be around through May.

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