You might be thinking that any time of the year is a good time to get an influenza vaccine, but some months of the year are considered better than others.
December 5 – 9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (N.I.V.W.). The goal of N.I.V.W is not to say that December is the best time of the year to get vaccinated but rather to remind you to get it done if you haven’t done it yet.
How Often Should You Get Vaccinated?
The CDC recommends getting vaccinated annually for a couple of reasons. First, your immunity to the flu will decline over time and second, flu viruses continuously change over time and as a result, vaccine compositions change too.
According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, “Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older as the best way to prevent influenza (flu) and related complications. Even in cases when vaccination does not prevent infection, it can reduce the severity of disease and prevent serious flu-related complications, including hospitalization and death.”
When is Prime Time to Get the Flu Vaccine?
According to the CDC, September and October would be prime time to get vaccinated.
Keeping the best time of the year to get vaccinated in mind can make a difference in the effectiveness of your vaccine. It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for the vaccine to work. The vaccine needs time to build up the necessary antibodies in your body so your body can fight off infection.
Is It a Good Idea to Get Vaccinated Early?
Adults over age 65 should not get vaccinated early because the vaccine’s protection can wear off over time. If you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, July or August would work and it can help protect your infant for the first few months after birth.
September and October are the prime time months for getting your influenza vaccination. However, if these months are not possible for you, then get vaccinated when you can.
Remember, getting vaccinated early is better than not getting vaccinated at all.
Prime Places to Get Your Flu Vaccine
Not sure where to go and get your Flu vaccine? Check out your local pharmacy, Dr.’s office, or urgent care center.