But this year, like every year, it’s important to get your flu shot any way you can. It won't keep you safe from COVID-19. But it can lower your chances of getting the flu.
And if you still get the flu, a flu shot can help your body fight the illness so you don't need hospital care. It could even safe your life.
We also suggest you get your COVID-19 shot or booster at the same time you get your flu shot. Keep in mind, neither shot will keep you safe from the other illness.
The CDC recommends getting a flu shot before viruses start spreading in your community this fall. Plan ahead, because it takes about two weeks after getting the shot for antibodies to develop. The antibodies help protect you from getting the flu.
Everyone 6 months of age and older, except those with some illnesses, should get a flu shot every year. To learn how to get your flu shot, call your doctor's office.
Efrem Castillo, MD
Senior Medical Director, Optum
Will Medicare cover COVID-19 tests?
Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no extra money. Medicare Advantage plans do, too. You pay nothing extra.