When’s the Perfect Time to Get a Flu Shot? Now!
Even if you had a flu shot last year, to remain protected from the flu, you need to get it again this year. October is the perfect time to get your flu shot and here’s why:
It’s best to get vaccinated before flu season reaches its peak. For adults, especially anyone age 65 or older, the best time to get vaccinated is generally in September or October. This gives your body the time it needs to develop the immune response that protects you.
The protection decreases over time so getting vaccinated earlier than this can mean you aren’t fully protected at the end of the flu season.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time?
Yes, according to the CDC, both vaccines can be given at the same time if you are eligible, and the timing coincides. Be sure to follow the recommended schedule for the COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
Do I really need a flu shot every year?
Yes! As mentioned, the effectiveness of the vaccine diminishes over time, so an annual flu shot offers maximum protection. Also, viruses are tricky little buggers that change often. Every year researchers figure out which virus strains will be most common in the upcoming flu season and create a vaccine to match.
Does the vaccine work immediately?
No. This is why timing is important for getting the vaccine. It takes roughly two weeks for your body to create antibodies and protect you against getting the flu. Getting it before the end of October protects you before the peak flu seasons begins. If you missed October, that’s okay! It’s still better to get a vaccine late rather than not at all.
How can I avoid getting the flu?
In addition to getting the vaccine, do what you can to keep your immune system operating at its best: eat a healthy balanced diet that includes fruit and vegetables, move your body, and reduce stress. Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face. If you do get sick, avoid others to prevent spreading the virus.
Getting a flu shot helps you avoid getting the flu, or if you do get the flu, make the reaction milder. It also reduces your risk of spreading it to others – especially those whose health is compromised and at risk of being hospitalized.
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