The 2016-2017 flu season begins in October and peaks in December through March.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6
months and older get a flu shot by the end of October.
- Get your flu shot now
It takes 2 weeks for your body to fully respond to the vaccine.
- If you miss getting your flu shot in October
Get is as soon as possible. It is still beneficial to get vaccinated even late in the flu season.
- Nasal spray flu vaccine
It is NOT recommended this year due to concerns about effectiveness.
- Patients 65 years or older
There are specially designed vaccines that improve the effectiveness in older adults.
- Egg allergy
There are vaccines that are eggless. Discuss options with your physician.
- Talk to your doctor before getting the flu shot if:
Allergic to any component of the shot
Had Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Not feeling well or seriously ill
Copyright @2016 Alicia Sakai, PharmD