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It’s OK to double down on flu, COVID-19 vaccinations, Myrtle Beach area doctors say – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-10-18 21:54:59 –

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WBTW) —This is the time again. As the flu season arrives and local hospitals begin vaccination, questions are also being asked about COVID-19 shots.

Doctors at the Tydrans Health and Conway Medical Center want to know if it’s okay for many to get the flu vaccine on top of the COVID-19 vaccine or booster shots. Simply put, the answer is yes.

“You need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu,” said Dr. Paul Richardson, Chief Medical Officer at the Conway Medical Center.

Dr. Gerald Harmon, a doctor at Tydrans Health, who is also chairman of the American Medical Association, said vaccination helps prevent illness while reducing the side effects of the illness.

“Not only can you get both vaccines, you can also get both diseases,” said Dr. Harmon.

Harmon said it’s okay to take both shots on the same day, but recommends another arm because of the pain.

“Get it now,” he said. “Since October 1, it’s the peak season for influenza.”

Harmon also said: All our chronic illnesses, including the flu, are not on vacation. “

Richardson predicted that this year’s flu season would be worse than last year.

“One of the reasons why the flu season was so light last year was the fact that many people wore masks,” he said. “There was more social distance and attention was paid to hand washing, finger hygiene, etc., so we actually saw what these simple measures could do.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends influenza vaccines for everyone over 6 months. It takes about 2 weeks to be fully effective.

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