A new study has concluded that it is safe to have the seasonal flu vaccine along with the Covid-19 vaccine at the same time, according to the Guardian newspaper.
The study found that relatively more side effects were recorded as a result of obtaining the Covid-19 and influenza vaccines together, although these effects are slight to moderate.
The most common side effects reported by participants included injection site pain and temporary fatigue, headache or muscle pain.
Tests on volunteers in the trial indicate that there was no negative effect on immune responses to the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines when the two doses were administered one after the other in two different arms.
The trial’s lead doctor and consultant in infectious diseases and microbiology at Bristol University Hospitals, Rajika Lazarus, said the results, which were preliminary and not yet peer-reviewed, were a “really positive step”, meaning fewer appointments for those who qualify for both vaccines.
“We don’t expect, with booster doses, to have an effect on how well the Covid vaccine works,” Lazarus adds.
This follows concerns raised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization that the upcoming flu season may be worse than it has been in recent years because people’s immunity to the virus has waned.
The study was supervised by the National Health Service in England and Wales, which included three types of seasonal influenza vaccines and two types of corona vaccines, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
At the end of the study, the results of which are expected to be published in the medical journal “The Lancet”, 97 percent of the participants said that they would be willing to receive two different vaccines at the same time in the future.
It is common to receive more than one vaccine at a time, especially in childhood and travel abroad, Lazarus said.