Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

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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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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