Influenza vaccine questions, answered by an expert

The arrival of flu season always raises questions. You may be asking yourself: Do I really need a flu shot? When should I get it? Are you going to make me sick?

Factor in COVID-19 and you may have more things to consider. Is it safe to get the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine or booster vaccine at the same time? Influenza cases were so low during the pandemic, is influenza really worth worrying above all else?

To help clear up some of the confusion, it’s helpful to hear from a talking doctor. Purvi S. Barrick, allergist and immunologist at NYU Langone Health in New York City, shares her insights.

Ask the Doctor: Why Get the Flu Vaccine?