Flu shots are a simple, effective way to reduce your risk of catching the flu by 40 – 60%. A single flu vaccine will not protect you for a lifetime, though, so you need to get one in anticipation for each flu season to make sure you’re protected.
So, when should you get a flu shot?
What’s the best time to get a flu shot?
The optimal time to get vaccinated is generally in September or October. It isn’t instantaneously effective because it requires roughly two weeks for your body to build up its immunity against the virus.
Once your body has manufactured antibodies against the current flu strain, your protection will last for several months— between four to six. If you obtain your shot in September or October, it will be effective for the duration of the flu season, which typically ends in March or April.
When is flu season?
The term ‘flu season’ is relatively misleading because the flu virus is present year-round, meaning that it is possible to catch in, say, the middle of June. That said, it’s called flu season for a reason – it reaches peak infection rates during the fall and winter while people spend more time indoors.
When are flu shots available?
Vaccines for the current year’s virus generally become available in early September. Most pharmacies post signs when they can start distributing flu shots.
Can you get a flu shot too early or late?
Yes, you can get a flu shot too early or late in the season. The immunity that you get from a flu shot typically lasts 4 – 6 months. This means that vaccination in July or August would only protect you until December, which is in the middle of flu season. Conversely, obtaining a flu shot in January would grant you immunity until June, which is well after peak infection rates.
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