If you have a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma or COPD, Asthma WA strongly recommends both the influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations for 2021.
Many people are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Check your eligibility here and book in as soon as you are able to.
The seasonal influenza vaccine program has also commenced for 2021.The Department of Health recommends a minimum of 14 days between the influenza vaccination and COVID 19 vaccination. This is a precautionary measure to help manage common side effects that may be experienced from any vaccination. Having asthma or COPD does not increase your risk of developing adverse reactions to either vaccination.
Please note that as of March 2022, all COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (given on the same day) with the influenza vaccine. (Source: Australian Department of Health)
There is no particular requirement regarding the order of having your influenza vaccine and either the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
As usual the influenza vaccine involves just one injection. However, it is important to note the COVID-19 Vaccination Program involves two injections and the recommended time between doses can be 21 days to 12 weeks depending on which COVID-19 vaccine you are receiving.
If you have concerns regarding vaccinations, including timing, it is best to have a discussion with your doctor or visit the Department of Health website.
Asthma WA’s Respiratory Health Team are here to help you learn how to manage your lung condition. Contact us on (08) 9289 3600.
Further information, including Frequently Asked Questions, regarding COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations for people with respiratory conditions is available below:
COVID-19 Vaccination Q&A with Dr John Blakey, February 2021
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