October the best time to get cocovated boosters, influenza vaccines, say the experts

Health | Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 1:08 AM

Experts say that October can be an ideal window to boost immunity, they also emphasize the importance of vaccinating, period, provided it can.

It is safe for people to get both shots during the same visit, experts say. With the offices of doctors and pharmacies that now offer seasonal flu shots and updated COVID-19 reinforcements, experts urge Americans to obtain both, and many say that October is the best moment. While experts say that October can be an ideal window to boost immunity, they also emphasize the importance of vaccinating, period, provided it can. It is safe for people to get both shots during the same visit for comfort, experts say. The Covid Coordinator of the White House, Dr. Ashish JH Flu layer synchronization. The "Goldilocks moment" for the flu vaccine is also October, said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a specialist in infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco. However, anyone who receives the shot in September should still expect protection during the flu season, which usually lasts until spring. "I think my general advice is to get it [when] it is convenient," said Chin-Hong. Experts also say they don't worry if you can't get vaccinated against the flu before Halloween. "If for some reason you cannot receive a flu vaccine at the end of October, it is not too late," said Dr. Alok Patel, Stanford Children's Health and ABC News Medical Confisor Pediatric. The bad flu season on the horizon? Some experts predict that the seasonal influenza virus is expected to be mild activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, to be again in force this season. A typical pre-pandemic year would see about 8% of the US population. Deaths can exceed more than 50,000, as they did more recently in the 2017-2018 season. Gustavo Pérez obtains a vaccine against the influenza of the pharmacist Patricia Pernal during an event organized by the Department of Public Health of Chicago at the Southwest Senior Center, on September 9, 2022, in Chicago. Scott Olson/ The most at risk of a serious influenza disease are the elderly and immunocompromised. "What worries us, of course, are people over 65. They represent about 15-17% of the population, but 80% of deaths and hospitalizations [of flu]," said Dr. William Schaffner , Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Medical Center of the University of Vanderbilt. But even young people, otherwise, healthy people benefit from the flu vaccine, which also reduces the risk of extending the virus to others. "A lower risk does not mean any risk. When vaccinating yourself, it really reduces the probability that it is the dreaded spreader," Schaffner said. Meanwhile, getting sick with the flu can not only prevent vacation plans, but often leads to unwanted symptoms that last several days. "For anyone who has received flu, it is definitely not a walk in the park," said Chin-Hong. Vaccinating in October or early November is ideal because "[you want] your annual vaccination to spread throughout the winter, until February to March and even in April," Schaffner said. "The only other change with the moment could be for pregnant people," said Chin-Hong. He explained that pregnant women may want to try a flu vaccine before childbirth, allowing the newborn to benefit from the mother's antibodies, especially since babies under 6 months cannot be vaccinated. Experts say that flu vaccines can be especially important for children this year given concerns about how the relaxation of the restrictions of the pandemic era can affect children. "Given the fact that schools are open, COVID-19 restrictions have risen, and children have returned to their normal beings that are at risk of catching influenza this year," Patel said. "Parents should not generalize influenza as a common cold. Thousands of children are hospitalized every year of influenza with babies and young children with underlying medical conditions with the greatest risk." Updated COVID-19 reinforcements can also become annual shots The Food and Medicines Administration recently authorized the first updated COVID-19 reinforcement shots, the first important update to COVID-19 vaccines. Because Covid-19 protection is slowly fading over time, the White House has previously declared that specific covid shots of variants can also become an annual reality, similar to seasonal flu vaccines. The new COVID-19 reinforcements are designed to be a better coincidence against the COVID-19 variants that currently circulate, and are currently authorized for all those over 12 who had their last COVID-19 at least two months ago. People previously infected with COVID may also consider waiting 90 days before receiving their reinforcement shot, according to CDCs. The authorization of the updated reinforcements for younger children is expected to be "a matter of weeks", according to Dr. Peter Marks, the group's director within the FDA responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Although it is not clear if there will be another increase in COVID-19 this fall, more than 350 people still die every day of COVID-19. Compared to young adults, those over 65 are 60 times more likely to die of COVID-19, according to CDC. The mortality rate is 340 times higher for people over 85. Is it safe to obtain the COVID reinforcement and the flu vaccine at the same time? Experts say that obtaining both the COVID reinforcement and the flu vaccine at the same time will not weaken the immune capacity of their body to combat any of the viruses. "If you give the body two signs, it will not do less [immunity] because it concentrates on another sign," said Chin-Hong. Although children under 12 are not yet eligible for new reinforcement shots, many still get their original COVID-19 vaccines, which are authorized for children 6 months or more. Similar to the adult guide, pediatricians say it is sure to give young children vaccines and flu vaccines on the same visit to the doctor. "This may even be a more convenient option for employed parents," Patel added. Youri Benadjaoud is a candidate for MPH at Brown University and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit. Gotopnews.com

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