Protect Yourself, Get Your Flu Shot

October 11, 2016

A simple vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It may sound like a minor illness, but it can cause big problems for some people. It can even be deadly.

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-11-09-49-pmWhen Should You Get the Vaccine? 

As soon as the flu shot becomes available! A full immune response to the flu takes about two weeks to develop, so getting the flu shot early will protect you before the peak of flu season. Peak flu season can start as early as October and run through May. The best time to get a flu shot is as soon as it’s available, usually in September or October. It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to take effect. You can still get a shot in December or later, but the earlier you get it, the higher your odds of staying well.

Who Should Get It?

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get immunized against the flu unless there’s a medical reason not to.

The CDC says the vaccine is especially important for people who are at high risk of serious complications if they get the flu, including:

Kids younger than age 5, but in particular those under age 2
People 65 or older
Pregnant women
People who live in nursing homes or other kids of long-term care facilities
Adults and kids with diseases of the lungs (like asthma), heart, kidneys, liver, blood, or metabolism (like diabetes)
Anyone under age 19 who gets long-term aspirin therapy
American Indians and Alaskan natives

Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?

The Flu Vaccine Finder locates flu vaccine clinics near you. Simply enter your zip code or city and state to find mapped locations of flu vaccine clinics. CLICK HERE to find a location near you.

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