Ready For Your Flu Shot?
While flu shots are recommended for everyone – even babies over the age of six months – they’re particularly important if you’re over 65, have some underlying illness such as heart disease or asthma, are pregnant, a health care worker, or are taking care of someone who is sick. Because of yearly variances an optimal vaccination time can’t be predicted, but for most adults, seeking vaccination in September or October addresses the possibility of an early flu season. For those over 65 or with compromised immune systems, waiting to get inoculated until at least mid-September helps assure the protective effect of the shot will last through the entire flu season. Vaccination later than that is better than never since the flu season often peaks in February. Be aware that you can catch the flu after having the shot, but chances are that your course of illness will be less severe than it would be if you skipped the vaccine. Many pharmacies nationwide already have the vaccine in stock.
Flu Vaccine, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm#anchor_1591373186513
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