I tested positive for COVID-19. Does it still help to get a flu shot?
Official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic should wait 10 days from their positive test result before receiving any routine vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine. Vaccination visits for all of these individuals should be postponed to avoid exposing healthcare personnel and other patients in the vaccination setting to the COVID-19 virus.
Persons that are symptomatic with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should defer receiving vaccinations and isolate at home until ALL of the following criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation:
- At least 10 days after symptom onset
- 24 hours with no fever without the use for fever reducing medications
- COVID-19 symptoms are improving
Symptomatic persons should also consider further postponing the vaccination visit until they have fully recovered from COVID-19.