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COVID-19

Questions and Answers about COVID-19.

Q1:

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A:

You can learn about COVID-19 symptoms at the CDC

Q2:

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

A:

The flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses. But different viruses causes each. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. The flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. >>Learn more.

Q3:

How can I prevent getting sick?

A:

Vaccination is the first tool in your toolbox for respiratory virus season. Additional tools to protect yourself:

  • wash hands with soap and water
  • stay home if you are feeling sick
  • avoid close contact with sick people
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • spend time in well-ventilated areas

Practice good health habits, such as cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and taking care of your health.

Q4:

Can I get the updated COVID-19 vaccine?

A:

CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.

  • Everyone ages 5 years and older should get one dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Children aged 6 months – 4 years need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, including at least one dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses.

Q5:

I didn’t get vaccinated for COVID-19. Can I get the updated vaccine?

A:

Yes, CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.

Q6:

Do I need to wait after getting a flu vaccine or another vaccine before getting an updated COVID-19 vaccine?

A:

You can get an updated COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit. This includes the flu vaccine and other indicated vaccines. >> Learn more.

Q7:

I already had COVID-19 and recovered. Do I need to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

A:

Yes. Receiving an updated COVID-19 vaccine can provide enhanced protection against the variants currently responsible for most infections and hospitalizations in the United States.

Q8:

Can I get the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine?

A:

Yes. CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. Contact your primary care manager or military hospital or clinic for availability. >> Learn more.

Q9:

If I’m pregnant or planning to become pregnant, can I get an updated COVID-19 vaccine?

A:

Yes. The CDC and professional medical organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, recommend COVID-19 vaccination at any point in pregnancy. >> Learn more.

Q10:

Should my child get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A:

Yes. CDC recommends everyone aged 5 years and older to get one dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.

  • Children aged 6 months–4 years need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, including at least one dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine.

Q11:

Where can children get the vaccine?

A:

Military hospitals and clinics who see pediatric patients have the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. This is available whether or not your child is enrolled. Children who see a civilian provider and don’t want to go to a military hospital or clinic should contact their civilian provider. Also, civilian pharmacies might not administer the vaccine to those 3 years of age and under. We recommend calling ahead to make sure the vaccine is available for this age group.

Last Updated: January 09, 2024
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