Get a Flu Shot Now or Wait Awhile?

28 Aug

Some drugstores begin advertising flu vaccines in late summer and offer incentives such as gift cards to those who get the shot.

But an early shot could leave you unprotected later on in flu season, which usually peaks in January or February and runs through April or May. “Later in September or in October is the best time for most people to get vaccinated,” says William Schaffner, M.D., a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “But you are likely to forget or put it off, an early flu shot is better than none. “It takes at least two weeks after the shot to develop antibodies to fight off the flu.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health September 2017

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