Transcript: 6 myths about the flu shot debunked

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ON SCREEN TEXT:    Dr. Mayrene Hernandez
                                    UnitedHealthcare Chief Medical Officer

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DR. HERNANDEZ: If you’ve already gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, it is also recommended and important that you get the flu shot this year. One covers you against the influenza virus, and the other covers you for the COVID-19 viruses. They’re two distinct vaccines.

Every year, the flu vaccine is different. 

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DR. HERNANDEZ: This year, we suspect that the cases for the flu may increase.

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DR. HERNANDEZ: Once you get the flu shot, it takes two weeks to become effective in your system. So the earlier you get it, the less exposure you have to others who are sick within your community.

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ON SCREEN TEXT: Talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot

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