When to Get a Flu Shot – Advice From the Health Care Professionals at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Cutler Bay
As you notice the weather changing and realize that flu season is fast approaching, you might wonder when to get a flu shot. As explained by the board-certified, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System physicians at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Cutler Bay, the answer is fairly straightforward: the best time to get a flu shot is any time that you can. Otherwise, if you wait for the “right” time to get vaccinated, that time may never come – simply because you will always have multiple tasks competing for your attention on any given day. If you become distracted and procrastinate, you may miss out on all of the benefits that a yearly influenza vaccination can provide.
Flu season typically begins in late October, peaks in February, and ends in early May. Because your body will need about two weeks to develop a protective response to the virus, your best course of action is to get the process started before flu season begins in earnest. Taking all of these factors into consideration, we believe that early October is an ideal time to get an annual flu shot.
Sometimes, the flu vaccine becomes available as early as August. For most people, an annual flu shot will provide protection from the most common influenza viruses for approximately one year, so a vaccine received in August can keep you protected throughout peak season and beyond. However, it’s important to note that some research studies suggest that the benefits of vaccination may begin to gradually decline after four to six months, especially in elderly individuals. Additionally, the duration of the protection provided by the high-dose vaccine designed for people who are age 65 and older is still unclear. With all of this in mind, the medical professionals at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Cutler Bay maintain that the best time for you to get vaccinated is whenever the time is right for you.
With UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Cutler Bay, there’s no need to wonder when to get a flu shot. You are welcome to walk in whenever it’s most convenient for you – no appointments are necessary. Why not take advantage of this simple, safe, and effective way to protect yourself right now, while you’re already thinking about it?