Here's Your Shot(s) for Staying Healthy This Season

Published: October 11, 2022

Here’s Your Shot(s) for Staying Healthy This Season

With colder weather comes an uptick in respiratory illnesses, such as colds and flu. At the same time, there’s an updated COVID-19 booster vaccine also available (details at CDC’s website on the latest).

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci in a recent interview, he recommends getting the COVID-19 and recommends getting the updated booster shot. “Now is not the time to let down our guard, so if you haven’t had your second booster, it’s a good time to get the newest one, as it protects against the most prevalent strain (Omicron).” 

Learn more on the latest booster from this flyer (in Spanish here as well). Here are a couple of Q&As that may help you with how to get your shots this fall.  

Q: Can I get both the flu and the COVID-19 vaccine (or booster) at the same time?

A: Yes. You can get both at your PCP’s office or a WHA in-network pharmacy. According to CDC, it is safe to can get them at the same time. Preventive vaccines are given at no cost to our members.

Q: Can I get these shots in the same arm? 

A: Yes. It is safe to get multiple vaccines -- the flu and COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster -- in the same arm. The second shot should be injected at least one inch away from the previous shot. And of course, you may have some soreness in that arm for a couple of days, so it’s a personal decision where to get the shots. There are other vaccines, such as a tetanus shot, that should be given in a separate limb than other vaccines. If you are ever unsure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist on when and how best to get any vaccines.

Q: How long should I wait between the COVID-19 vaccines and boosters?

A: The time between vaccinations depends on the age of the person and the manufacturer of the previous COVID vaccine, but generally at least two months in between. The updated (bivalent) COVID-19 boosters are available for people ages 12 and older. Check with your physician for recommendations and guidance on the best vaccine schedule for you and your family so that your personal health and needs are taken into consideration.

Please note: Flu shots are covered at zero copay only at the pharmacy counter. Flu shots at pharmacy clinics (e.g. Minute Clinic) are out of network and not covered by WHA.

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