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I tested positive for COVID-19. Does it still help to get a flu shot?

Yes, it still helps to get a flu shot even if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are some reasons why:

Benefits of Getting a Flu Shot

  1. Dual Protection: The flu shot helps protect against influenza, which can circulate simultaneously with COVID-19. Both viruses can cause severe respiratory illness, and having protection against one can reduce your overall risk of severe disease.
  2. Preventing Co-infection: Getting vaccinated against the flu can reduce the risk of co-infection with both the flu and COVID-19. Co-infections can lead to more severe health complications.
  3. Alleviating Healthcare Burden: Vaccinating against the flu can reduce the number of flu-related hospitalizations and doctor visits, which helps alleviate the burden on healthcare systems already strained by COVID-19.
  4. Protecting Vulnerable Populations: By getting vaccinated, you also help protect those who are more vulnerable to severe illness from the flu, such as the elderly, young children, and individuals with chronic health conditions.

Timing and Considerations

  1. Timing of the Flu Shot: Ideally, you should get the flu shot as soon as possible, especially if you have recovered from the acute phase of COVID-19 and are no longer contagious. Consult your healthcare provider for the best timing based on your specific health situation.
  2. Post-Recovery Vaccination: If you are still experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is best to wait until you have fully recovered and have met the criteria to discontinue isolation before getting the flu vaccine. This ensures that you are not exposing healthcare workers and others to the virus.

Expert Recommendations

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC strongly recommends getting the flu vaccine every year. They emphasize that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's especially important to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses to protect vulnerable populations and the healthcare system​ (CNA)​.
  • World Health Organization (WHO): The WHO also advocates for flu vaccination, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, to prevent severe influenza illness and reduce the strain on healthcare services​ (Vivekananda International Foundation)​.


Getting a flu shot is still beneficial and recommended even after testing positive for COVID-19. It provides additional protection against influenza, reduces the risk of co-infection, and helps support the overall healthcare system. Always consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice and the best timing for your vaccination.

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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