Q&A: Flu Shot or COVID-19 Booster First This Fall?

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Experts say it is OK to get a flu shot and a COVID-19 booster at the same time, but it’s not necessary either. Victor Bordera/Stocksy

As the official start of autumn approaches, there are two important decisions to be made when it comes to vaccinations.

The first is when to get your annual influenza shot.

Experts say Australia is finishing up a flu season in which the illness started early and finished strong. They warn the United States could be in store for a similar pattern as our winter season draws near.

The second decision is when to get the new Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster shot that was authorized by the Food and Drug Administration a few weeks ago.

The Pfizer and Moderna versions of that new booster are starting to arrive in pharmacies and other locations.

The recommendations to get both vaccinations may raise some questions for individuals.

Should you get both at the same time or space them out? Which one should you get first?

Healthline put these questions to two infectious disease experts.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, MPH, is a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. William Schaffner is a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.