With fall right around the corner, flu shots are too, but should you beat the rush and get one now?
If you get a flu shot this early, will it last throughout the entire flu season?
That's a question that a lot of local health officials have been faced with recently, but the answer? It's not too early.
The flu vaccine has improved over the last few years, and should protect you throughout the entire season. However, flu cases can be unpredictable. Local health officials say it's not crucial to get the shot right now, but eventually cold and flu season will be here. That's something to take into consideration, especially for young children and the elderly.
The reason? It takes your system awhile to build up those immunities once you do receive the immunization. Flu vaccines are given yearly, because the types of cases covered are based on what was circulating a year and a half ago on the other side of the world. This means it can be tricky for officials to tell exactly when flu season will really begin.
"Children, the elderly, you know people with risk factors if they have chronic diseases or respiratory problems they definitely should get it
soon, because you don't want to be caught off guard if the flu season happens to start early you want to make sure your protected." said Janet Crigler, Fairmont General Hospitals Infection Preventionist.
Over the next several months if you are looking to either get the flu shot, or more information on whether or not it's right for you, you can call or visit your local health department.