It is now more important than ever to get your flu shot! Protect yourself and the people around you from the flu to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who Should Get A Flu Shot?
Everyone over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from the flu. There are flu shots that are approved for the use in children as young as six months old and adults that are 65 years and older.
When Should I Get Vaccinated?
You should get a flu vaccine before the flu begins spreading since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. Make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. However, getting vaccinated early (for example, in July or August) is likely to be associated with reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season, particularly among older adults. Vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later.
This is a great source if you are looking for a place that offers flu shots. Type in your location and click flu shot and it will show you the nearest places to get your vaccines. Or, head to your favorite local pharmacist to get your flu shot! If you have questions regarding the flu shot, especially this year, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 919-319-6363. Stay well!