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New COVID-19 booster and flu shots can be taken the same day

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MEDFORD, Ore. - This fall health officials are expecting COVID cases to go up and at the same time, it will be flu season. Many people have questions on what vaccinations are available to them.

Health officials say people can get their flu shot and the COVID booster all at the same time. 

“Studies have looked at combining the vaccines previously and we see that you get the same positive effects," said Dr. Leona O’Keefe with Jackson County Public Health. "In fact you might actually get an even better effects meaning a little bit more immunity built up when combining the vaccines.”

The updated vaccine protects you against the original COVID strain and the newer variants like BA.4 and BA.5. Ahead of this fall though, health officials have changed their recommendations.

"We usually wait until later in October to get the flu vaccine to make sure that protection lasts throughout the flu season," said Dr. O'Keefe. "But this season is a bit unusual so we're not really sure when the season will start so it is okay for people to go ahead and get both shots right now."

If you are looking to get your updated COVID booster shot, Pfizer is avaible but health officials say Moderna is in short supply right now.

As long as you have completed your primary COVID series you are eligible for the new bivalent booster. To find what is best for you, call your primary care doctor or visit the Jackson County Public Health website for more information. 

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