How the technology used to make COVID-19 vaccines could improve flu shots – CBC

In the future, protection from COVID-19 and the flu might be combined in a single shot, experts say

Oct 31, 2021

With flu season fast approaching, people who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 or qualify for a third dose can safely get shots to protect them against both illnesses in the same visit, say health experts.

They anticipate that in the future, by applying the latest advances in mRNA technology, it may be possible to vaccinate a person against COVID-19 and the seasonal flu with a single vaccine.

That’s because vaccine developers have been working on developing influenza vaccines using mRNA technology, the kind used in the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, since before the pandemic, said Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at the University Health Network in Toronto.

Several are already at the clinical trial stage.

No COVID-19 and flu combo vaccine is that far along.

Hota says it would be incredibly convenient to leverage mRNA technology to better protect people against the flu.

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