Yes, you can get immunized during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important that you continue to protect yourself from other diseases. Immunization is a very effective way to prevent certain diseases.
Public Health immunization programs are an essential service and remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes. It’s important to protect yourself and others from Influenza. Influenza and COVID-19 are both respiratory infections. That means they affect your lungs and breathing. They can be very serious especially for seniors and people with chronic health conditions.
Because the symptoms of influenza may also be symptoms of COVID-19, getting immunized for influenza will lower the chance that you’ll need to isolate and be tested for COVID-19. Get your influenza immunization early in the fall, usually October or November. It’s important to protect yourself and others during influenza season which starts late fall and lasts through the winter.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should stay home and away from others (isolate). Use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment for Albertans
(ahs.ca/testing) to book a COVID-19 test and get further instructions. You should not come for an immunization if you have symptoms, or if you’re legally required to isolate. You can get immunized when you are feeling well again.
After getting immunized some people can have side effects such as fever, headache, cough, runny nose, or sore throat. Side effects start within 24 hours after getting the vaccine. For vaccines that protect against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella, side effects can start 5 to 12 days after the immunization. Side effects tend to be mild and could last 24 to 48 hours.
The side effects to immunizations can be similar to symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 can be:
If you have side effects that are the same as
COVID-19 symptoms you must stay home and away from others (isolate) even if you think they are from the vaccine. Children will have to stay home with a parent or guardian.
No. There is no evidence that getting an immunization can make you more or less likely to catch COVID-19. There is also no evidence that getting an immunization interferes with your body’s ability to fight COVID-19 infection.
No. Immunization will not change your COVID-19 test results.
No. Please isolate and use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment for Albertans
(ahs.ca/testing) to book a COVID-19 test and get further instructions. You can get the influenza vaccine when you’re feeling well again.
All healthcare providers are required to have measures in place to protect you and themselves from COVID-19.
What’s being done:
If you have questions about your pharmacy or doctor’s office infection control practices, you can call their Professional College. Professional Colleges provide oversight for professional practice.
Current as of: October 8, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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