When Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Janet Smith, CNP discusses cold and flu concerns. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


You should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the vaccine becomes available, which can be as early as August, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It can take two weeks after getting a flu vaccine for antibodies to form and protect you against the flu, according to the CDC.

The flu season can last from October through May, with the worst part being in January or February. Even when you get the flu vaccine as early as August, you should be protected through the entire season, according to the CDC.

Ask your doctor when the flu vaccine will be available in his or her office and when you should get yours.

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