As we head into fall and people begin to spend more time indoors, doctors and other medical professionals prepare for the 2022-2023 cold and flu season. The flu can be caught and transmitted any time of year, but we see a spike in cases starting in October and lasting until May.
What’s new for the 2022-2023 flu season?
This year’s flu season may look different than the past two years due to relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants the public to know about the 2022-2023 flu season:
- For people who only need one dose of a flu vaccine, it is recommended to receive the vaccine anywhere from September to the end of October.
- There are three flu vaccines recommended for people age 65+. These are Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine, Flublok Quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine and Fluad Quadrivalent adjuvanted flu vaccine.
An annual dose of the flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older with few exceptions.
Can you get the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?
- You can receive the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccination or booster at the same time.
- Studies show it is safe to receive both the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. Read more here.
- Follow your normal vaccination schedule. In other words, if you’re due for your COVID-19 vaccine, COVID-19 booster or flu vaccine, don’t delay it to coincide with another vaccine.
Where can you get the flu vaccine?
You can receive the flu vaccine at your primary care office or a local pharmacy.