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Anticipating that will need annual COVID-19 boosters in the future, the pharmaceutical companies Moderna and Novavax have announced that they are developing a combined influenza and coronavirus vaccine.
The single dose injection that will combine the boosters for both ailments will not yet be ready for this flu season.
Nevertheless, Infectious disease medical experts agree that it is completely safe to get vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19 in the same visit.
“Receiving multiple vaccines at the same time has been standard medical practice for decades, and these combinations have never caused any harm,” Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, told the UPI agency. Bethesda, Maryland.
“It certainly hasn’t inhibited the military,” said Schaffner, also a professor of infectious diseases and preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
“When you are a recruit, you get a lot of vaccinations simultaneously, does not overwhelm your immune system“, said.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has explicitly stated that you can receive the first or second COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as the flu vaccine.
Moderna told investors last week that it hopes to eventually build an annual combination vaccine that protects against a variety of respiratory viruses, including influenza, COVID-19 and the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
Meanwhile, Novavax revealed that it has started early-stage clinical trials to test a combined influenza and COVID-19 vaccine.
“I don’t think this is going to be something available any time soon, especially not for this flu season, as flu vaccines are already available,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, principal investigator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health. Security in Baltimore.
Many other combination vaccines are already on the market, such as the Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDAP) vaccine and the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines.
According to the CDC, influenza cases were at their lowest point in 2020 and 2021, as pandemic protections, such as masking and social distancing, also served to keep the flu at bay.
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