Yes, you can get immunized during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important that you keep protecting yourself from other diseases. Immunization is a very useful way to prevent certain diseases.
Public Health immunization programs are an essential service and stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes. It’s important to protect yourself and others from influenza. Influenza and COVID-19 are 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 stay home and away from others (self-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 self-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 go for an immunization if you have symptoms, or if you legally need to self-isolate.
daily screening checklist to screen yourself or your child before going to any activities (including getting immunized).
You or your child can get immunized when you feel 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.
Immunization side effects can be the same as COVID-19 symptoms. These include:
If you have side effects that are the same as COVID-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate even if you think they’re from the vaccine. Children will have to stay home with a parent or guardian.
No. There is no evidence that getting an immunization makes you more or less likely to catch COVID-19. There is also no evidence that getting an immunization makes it harder for your body to fight COVID-19.
No. Getting an immunization will not affect your COVID-19 test results.
No. Please self-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 feel well again.
All healthcare providers follow guidelines to protect you and themselves from COVID-19. This includes:
If you have questions about your pharmacy or doctor’s office infection control practices, you can call their professional college to learn more.
Current as of: November 2, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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