ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Pharmacies are urging people to get their flu shots now, ahead of the season.
But some experts say you should think twice about when you get a flu shot. The peak of flu season is hard for doctors to predict; it can be active between October and May. That’s why some offer the vaccinations early, but if you get it now, some say it could leave you vulnerable late in the season.
“It’s thought that the protection lasts about six months, so if you’re vaccinated in August and the season is going to hit the following March then at that point you’re not as protected as you would have been if you had waited a couple of months to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Louise Dembry, Infectious Disease Specialist.
The Walgreens CEO released this statement about the timing of offering flu shots:
“We never know when it may peak or how severe it may be. That’s why the CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of six months by October or as soon as the vaccine becomes available,” they said.
Doctors say there is no harm in getting it early, just as long as you realize it may not be as effective later on.