Doctors offices and retail clinics are ramping up for flu season, with
vaccine promotions kicking into high gear in September. But when should
you get yours?
With heightened concerns about flu season in a COVID-19 world, it may be
tempting to rush out to get a flu shot as soon as they’re available.
But this year, we’re telling patients that it’s best to wait
until October if you can. By waiting until then, you’ll have the
full 6-month protection to get you through flu season. On average, flu
season picks up around October, and peaks between December through February.
Waiting to get the vaccine will give you the right coverage at the right time.
Both viruses share some similar symptoms, and it is possible to get both
at the same time. Either one alone could put you out of work or school
for quite a while, so you really have to be careful. You also don’t
wait too long to get one, as it does take a couple of weeks after the
shot to get that protection.
The CDC reports that the flu shot is supposed to be a better match this
year, and there’s a new high-dose vaccine for adults 65 and older.
Talk to your provider about the best option for you.
Also, if you have gotten a flu shot as part of a company-wide flu event
in the past, be prepared to make other plans this year – employers
may need to shift how they administer flu shots to stay aligned with social
There is a chance flu season could be lighter this year because of people
wearing masks and social distancing, but we don’t know for sure,
so don’t bank on it.
Benjamin Levron, MD
Baton Rouge General Physician - Bluebonnet Family Clinic
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