From the Health Forum NZ @ fb
NEW CDC RULING…
FLU AND COVID VAX CAN BE ADMINISTERED AT THE SAME TIME
Influenza vaccines can be co-administered with COVID-19 vaccines for both CHILDREN AND ADULTS, according to updated recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices in USA)
In a unanimous 14-0 vote on Thursday, the committee approved language for co-administration of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, in line with current CDC guidance that says COVID-19 vaccines can be administered with other vaccines, THOUGHT PROVIDERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF INCREASED REACTOGENICITY (e.g. more adverse reaction risk)
Some ACIP members took issue with the LACK OF DATA ON CO ADMINISTRATION in children, though CDC staff noted there had been one pre-print examining co-administration of influenza vaccine and the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine that showed no changes in antibody titers for influenza vaccine and no safety issues.
ACIP member Matthew Daley, MD, of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, encouraged additional study about co-administration of COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, especially in children and adolescents.
Take home message…
Lets co administer these two vaccines for ease and convenience….but we actually have no studies, trial data or evidence of the safety of doing so in children or adults.