HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – When is the best time to get your flu shot? Now!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says now is the best time to prepare for flu season, which runs from October to May. Antibodies begin to develop in your body about two weeks after you get the vaccination, so doctors recommend you and your family get flu shots sooner rather than later to stay protected.
The CDC says influenza is a serious disease that can cause a trip to the hospital and sometimes leads to death. It says everyone 6 months old and up should get the shot. Doctors say influenza can lead to secondary infection with pneumonia which can kill people…especially those at the ends of life, usually under the age of 5 (children below 2 are at highest risk) and those above 65.
The CDC also recommends flu shots this year instead of the nasal spray. Doctors say you can not get sick from the shot. According to the cdc the traditional flu shot protects against the three strains of the virus — H1N1 and H3N2 and Influenza B virus. Flu shots that protect from additional strains are also available.
Pharmacists say even if you aren’t getting the flu shot to protect yourself, get it to protect those you come in contact with, such as your friends, family and children. Flu vaccines are offered in doctor’s offices, health departments, clinics, pharmacies and college health centers.
Online: CDC Flu Facts