Quick Question: When should you get your flu shot?

The answer is: as soon as you can! We are entering flu season in the midst of a pandemic, so it is more important than ever to get your flu shot. For detailed information about why getting a flu shot is so important, who should receive the shot, and where to get one, please visit our previous update. However, many people are still wondering when they should receive the flu shot. You should receive your flu shot as soon as possible!

  • More specifically, the CDC recommends receiving the flu shot by the end of October. However, if you are unable to get your shot by this recommended date, you should still receive a vaccine as soon as possible.
  • It is also important to remember that it takes roughly 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine to develop the antibodies that protect against the flu. So, you can still catch the flu in the 2 weeks after getting the shot. It is important to continue to take safety precautions such as washing your hands regularly, following physical distancing guidelines, and staying home. 
  • If you have a child between the ages of 6 months and 9 years of age that has never received a flu vaccine, you can consider getting them a booster 4 or more weeks after their first vaccination. This boosts their immunity to better fight an influenza infection during their first exposure.

For more information on flu vaccines, you can visit this link.

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