When Should You Get a Flu Shot?

Getting the flu shot is an important part of keeping yourself healthy and sickness-free throughout the winter season. While it is better to get a shot late in the season than not at all, getting your flu shot at the most optimal time will increase your chances of not getting sick and of not spreading the disease to others.

How to Know When You Should Get a Flu Shot

While it seems that flu shot clinics begin setting up earlier and earlier each year, is there an ideal time to get your shot? Here are some common questions our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial answered:

When Is the Best Time to Get a Flu Shot?

Experts recommend that the best time to get a flu shot is in October, before the worst part of the virus has begun. While flu shots will continue to be offered into the new year and it is better to get one later rather than not at all, getting one before the outbreak of flu-spreading coughs and sneezes will reduce your chances of getting infected as well as passing the sickness on to others.

How Early Is Too Early to Receive the Flu Shot?

It is a common misconception that one should wait until later in the year to receive a shot, but for most adults, this is not the case. Summertime flu shots have been linked to a slight decrease in effectiveness later on in flu season for those with already-compromised immune systems, but getting a flu shot in September or October is not considered too early by doctors.

How Long Does It Take for the Flu Shot to Work?

It takes your body around two weeks to build up the necessary antibodies to begin fighting the flu virus after receiving the vaccine, which is why getting it earlier is recommended.

Should Anyone Receive the Flu Shot Earlier?

Children, especially those who are getting their flu shot for the first time, often have to receive two doses of the vaccine for it to be fully effective. Because these dosages have to be spaced at least four weeks apart, parents should have their children start this process as early as possible to ensure they are fully protected by the time flu season hits its peak.

If you are ready to get your flu shot, we’re here to help! Call us or come by AFC Urgent Care Centennialtoday so you can be protected.


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