COVID-19 and flu. What to vaccinate against first?

The spread of seasonal viral infections, including influenza, this year in Russia coincided with an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 infection. If a person does not have immune protection against either coronavirus infection or influenza, then first of all it is worth being vaccinated against the first of these diseases, says the doctor of medical sciences, professor, head of the laboratory for vaccine prevention at the V.I. I.I. Mechnikov Mikhail Kostinov.

“The first option is that a person has never been vaccinated against a coronavirus infection. against influenza, “he said in an interview with Sputnik radio.

If a person has already had a coronavirus infection or has been vaccinated against it, but about six months have passed since then, then first of all it is necessary to get a flu shot, Mikhail Kostinov advised.

“The second option is that a person has had a coronavirus infection and six months have passed. In this case, it is advisable to first make a vaccine against influenza, and then against a coronavirus infection. The third option is that a person was previously vaccinated against a coronavirus infection and six months have passed since then. to make a vaccine against influenza, and a month later – against coronavirus infection, “he said.

Simultaneous vaccination against coronavirus infection and against influenza has not yet been carried out, the vaccinologist added.

“Research is currently underway on simultaneous vaccination against coronavirus infection and against influenza, so far there are no results. But in the near future there may be a recommendation to make these vaccines on the same day,” Mikhail Kostinov said.

According to him, it is better to contact your doctor for individual recommendations on vaccination. This is especially true for patients with serious health problems and comorbid conditions, when a person has two or more chronic diseases that aggravate each other.

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