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A vaccine will need to be tested in months long clinical trials to determine its safety and effectiveness in people, Face, with the NIH, explained. If the vaccine proves safe and effective in the trials and is rushed through regulatory processes, it will still need to be produced for the masses, which will likely add several more months to the timeline.

 

Will a flu shot provide protection?

There is no evidence that the flu shot or the pneumococcal vaccination will provide any protection from the coronavirus, Messenger said. Both, however, will increase your chances of staying healthy and staying out of the hospital during the pandemic.   

 

And it’s important to keep in mind that, like COVID-19, the flu can be deadly. The CDC estimates that the flu was responsible for 34,200 deaths in the 2018-19 season.

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