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Can COVID-19 vaccine boosters stop ‘flurona’ sickness?

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and flurona

Maile Cowley receives her COVID-19 booster vaccine.
Maile Cowley receives her COVID-19 booster vaccination from Tyler Goodman, an EMT for Nomi Health, at a Nomi Health drive-up site in West Valley City on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

It’s now pretty well-known that you can become infected with the novel coronavirus and the seasonal flu at the same time — a situation that experts are now calling “flurona.” It’s just unclear what can stop it.

Dr. Robert Quigley, the senior vice president and global medical director for International SOS, a leading medical and security services company, told me that the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine booster shots might not stop flurona.

  • It’s impossible to know whether a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot can completely stop flurona, Quigley said.
  • “But they will help to reduce the number of positive cases, can potentially ease the symptoms if you do become infected with COVID-19, and ultimately will lessen the risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19 infection,” Quigley said.

Experts have been calling on people to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to tackle the omicron variant, as well as any other COVID-19 strain that might be floating throughout the country.

The other side: An Oxford scientist recently said it might be harder to keep releasing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots every six months because much of the world can’t afford to keep up with that.

  • “We can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months. It’s not sustainable or affordable,” said Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, according to The Daily Telegraph.