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Doctor explains adult vaccination priorities

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

As more people get the coronavirus vaccines, some might be juggling the need to get other vaccines as well. 

The flu, shingles and coronavirus vaccines are all very important, especially for people 65 and older. Some might be wondering, is there a certain order you should get them? Is there one to prioritize first? Can you get them all at once? 

Dr. Margaret Day with MU Health Care told ABC 17 News getting the coronavirus vaccine is the most important vaccine to get right now. 

“I think of all of the available vaccines for that age group, probably COVID-19 has the most immediate, you know, safety and effect on health.”

Dr. Day said it's not recommended to get more than one vaccine at once. When getting the coronavirus, flu or shingles vaccine you should space them out at least 14 days before getting another vaccine.

“There’s some recommendation to delay the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days, specifically from an influenza vaccine.” 

Doctors right now can’t say for sure if the coronavirus vaccine would interfere with other vaccines.

If coronavirus vaccines aren’t available then it’s recommended to get the flu shot first. 

Dr. Day said talking with your primary doctor about vaccines is very important, just in case you have special circumstances. 

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Deborah Kendrick

Deborah is a weekday morning anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News.

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