Flu vaccines: 5 reasons to get the shot


It’s that time of year again.

Flu season is about four weeks away. Beginning in September and ending in May, flu season typically brings about 20 percent of the population the virus with over 3,000 deaths, according to the CDC.  Each year a new strain of the virus appears so it’s best to be vaccinated each year. There are four types of vaccinations available – the traditional flu shot for patients six months and older, the high dose flu shot for those over 65 , the intra-dermal flu shot that is for patients 18 to 64 years old and uses a tiny needle that only goes skin deep and the nasal spray vaccine for those who fear needles. Flu vaccines normally help fight off the virus from three strains, however, a four-strain vaccine, the quadrivalent vaccine, will be available to help ward off four strains instead of the usual three.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if you should get a flu shot.

1. When should you get a flu vaccine?
– According to WebMD and the CDC, the best time to get flu shots are in the months of September and October since flu season runs from September to May. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to fully cycle in the body before warding off the virus.
2. Where can I go to be vaccinated safely.
-Your primary care doctor is the best place. However there are many other places to get your shot. CVS and other local drugstores, as well as, the health department in your county.
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