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  • Influenza
  • Administering Vaccines

Can people who are currently infected with COVID-19 be vaccinated against influenza?

Vaccinating people against influenza who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 involves multiple considerations, such as whether vaccinating them could expose others to COVID-19, how sick they are, their risk for severe influenza illness, the ability to vaccinate at a later date, and the desire to avoid confusing postvaccination symptoms with those of COVID-19. Usually, people who are infectious should not be brought to a vaccination setting if doing so could expose others to COVID-19. Any moderate or severe acute illness is a precaution to influenza vaccination: vaccination should generally be deferred until recovery. For people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19, delaying vaccination might be considered to avoid confusing COVID-19 symptoms with postvaccination reactions.

CDC may continue to modify recommendations for vaccination of this population.

Last reviewed: September 10, 2023

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