As the leaves on the trees start to change and cooler temperatures become the norm, it’s time to start thinking about getting flu shots. But there are issues to consider when getting the annual immunization for you and your family.
Doctors say it is never too early to get the flu shot. It will last through the entire season. The benefit of getting it early are availability and effectiveness. Experts say it takes two weeks for the shot to be effective and give you and your children full protection.
The CDC says everyone should be vaccinated unless their doctor says to avoid the inoculation. Children six months and older and the elderly should especially get the flu shot. Pregnant women may want to talk to their medical professional, as recent research show there may be a correlation between the flu shot and miscarriage.
Nasal Spray Vaccines
The CDC is again recommending that the nasal spray flu vaccine not be used. Only injectable flu shots are advised for the 2017-2018 season.
The flu shot is not foolproof, but it does reduce the risk of getting sick. The CDC says in the 2015-2016 season the flu shot was 43% effective.
It’s always better to get your shots early in order to ensure availability. Flu shots are available at low cost or no cost with insurance at many local locations. Health departments in the Chicago area have also, in the past, offered free shots to eligible patients.
The bottom line: consider what is best for you and your family and don’t wait to make a decision about whether to get the flu shot. Flu season is just around the corner.