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

Video Transcript

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

Although both vaccines are different in what they protect us from, the technology used, the end goal for both of these is the same. Both vaccines stimulate our immune response so we can remember specific proteins, so when we’re exposed to one of these viruses, our immune system can kick into action much faster and fight this foreign pathogen. COVID-19 vaccines made by both Pfizer and Moderna use a new technology that utilizes mRNA (or messenger RNA) which gives ourselves the instructions required to make that protein. After mRNA has taught our bodies how to do this, it’s broken down and no longer present.

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The information included in this recording is correct as of August 27th, 2021