Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and the Flu Vaccine

Yes, the CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get an updated flu vaccine every flu season, which occurs in the U.S. in the fall and winter. The best time to get your flu vaccine is in September or October, before the flu is spreading in your community.

It is safe to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose at the same time you receive a flu vaccine. Some people may choose to get each vaccine in a different limb to minimize possible discomfort. Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about getting either or both vaccines.

Updated November 9, 2023 

Messaging Resources about COVID-19 and the Flu Vaccine

Toolkit: Flu Messaging and Resources

Misinformation Alerts about COVID-19 and the Flu Vaccine

Vaccine opponents equate flu, COVID-19 to disparage vaccines

A video clip has resurfaced that features Dr. Anthony Fauci in a 2004 interview saying that a recent influenza infection provides sufficient protection to skip the flu shot. Vaccine opponents are using the clip to claim that reliance on “natural immunity” should apply to COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 and the flu are not the same disease

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