The Centers for Disease Control recommends almost everyone ages 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine, something even more important amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The timing of the vaccine is important, however.
The CDC recommends people get vaccinated before flu season starts and before it starts to spread in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccinations for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, making now a pivotal time.
“Make plans to get vaccinated early in fall before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October,” the CDC said.
While flu viruses are detected in the U.S. year-round, they are most common during fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of the flu varies but activity often increases in October, peaking between December and February and lasting as long as late May.
Currently, Alabama is listed as one of 47 states reporting minimal flu activity.
Getting vaccinated too early, for example July or August, can result in reduced protection against flu infection later in the season, particularly with older adults. Vaccinations should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later, the CDC recommends.
Manufacturers are expected to provide as many as 194-198 million doses of flu vaccine this year, more than the 175 million dose record set during the 2019-2020 flu season.
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