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It is safe to be vaccinated against covid-19 and influenza at the same time

There has been a great deal of discussion about vaccines recently, particularly the covid-19 vaccine. As a result, a great deal of false information has been spreading, particularly on social media. The scientific community, on the other hand, continues to work on research that will aid in navigating through these difficult times.

Recently, British research has discovered that getting the flu vaccine at the same time as getting the coronavirus vaccine is safe for individuals. This is a welcome addition to the list of vaccines.

The reported side effects of this were mostly mild to moderate, and when both vaccines were given on the same day, in opposite arms, there were no negative effects on the immune response produced by either vaccine.

Researchers at the Bristol Trials Centre, University of Bristol, shared their findings in a press release posted on the university's website. Earlier in the pandemic, it was unclear whether additional booster doses of covid-19 vaccines would be required to provide continued protection, or how administering booster doses would fit into the existing seasonal flu vaccine program.

It was the goal of the Combining Influenza and Covid-19 Vaccination (ComFluCOV) study to determine the safety of co-administering the most widely used coronavirus and influenza vaccines in the United Kingdom, as well as to describe the expected side effects and immune responses to the vaccines when they were administered together.

Two covid-19 vaccines and three influenza vaccines were tested in total, for a total of six combinations.

All study participants were over the age of 18 and had already received one dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine or the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine and were awaiting the administration of their second dose of the vaccine.

Chris Rogers, Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials at the University of Bristol and Director of the Bristol Trials Centre, shared his thoughts on the subject: "There was an exceptional level of quality in the information provided by participants. It is reassuring to know that the results of the study indicate that there are no safety concerns when the covid-19 and flu vaccines are administered together."

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