yes. Some public health officials strongly recommend getting both the flu vaccine and the new dual booster at the same time — says Dr. Asish Jha, who heads the White House’s pandemic response. He said in a press conference. “God gave us two arms, one for the flu shot and the other for the covid shot.”
In general, combining vaccines is not unusual: Children often receive multiple vaccines at the same time, said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. And having two shots at once means you’re less likely to forget or lose one, he adds. “Convenience trumps everything,” he said.
Dr. Chin-Hong says most people want to get one shot in each arm, but you can receive both shots in one arm—you might just get sicker. “It’s a personal choice — there’s no medical reason to do it one way or the other,” said Dr. Adam Ratner, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at NYU Langone.
People who choose two vaccines at the same time may experience additional side effects, which are the same for both vaccines: tenderness at the injection site, headache, fatigue. A small number of people may develop a fever.
If you want to spread out your vaccinations, you may want to schedule your flu shot later in the fall, so that protection from the vaccine starts when cases start to rise in the winter. You can also track flu activity in your state, at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza surveillance reports, to assess whether you need to get the vaccine now or later.