Get caught up on other routine vaccinations when you get your COVID-19 shot

June 09, 2021
Empty Doctor's Office
By Regence

As more people queue up to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you can now get other immunizations at the same time.

Previously, the recommendation was to avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of other shots. But further data on the safety of the vaccines indicates that it’s OK to get those vaccines at the same time.

The change is important because many people, especially children, are behind on regular vaccinations after the pandemic shut down many routine medical visits. Getting updated on all vaccines and other preventive care is a great way to protect yourself and your families and maintain good health.

For children, routine vaccinations against diseases such as whooping cough (pertussis), chickenpox (varicella) and Hib (which causes meningitis) are among those to check with your pediatrician about. If you have summer travel plans, it’s particularly important to make sure your children are protected.

Adults should ensure they’re current on vaccines for tetanus (given every 10 years), as well as for varicella, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis A and B. Ask your provider about vaccines that might be right for you based on your age or particular health conditions.

Check the CDC website for more information about routine vaccines for adults and children. And if you haven’t already, Regence encourages you to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

Routine vaccines are covered at no cost under most health plans. Regence members are encouraged to take advantage of all their no-cost preventive care benefits for better long-term health, including screenings and immunizations. Health plan benefits and coverage information is available by logging in to your account at regence.com.

 

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