Right now! The only exceptions would be children under 6 months or people with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine.
You should get a flu vaccination before flu begins spreading in the community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins.
CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccination by the end of October.Getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial and vaccinations continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.
The vaccine does not offer 100% protection because there are so many variations of the flu, and it is constantly mutating to create more. Each season the vaccine is reformulated to meet the challenges of that season.
And, to dispel the other favorite argument… a flu shot cannot and will not “give you the flu”. The flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against viruses that are in the vaccine. (Center for Disease Control Prevention)
A flu shot takes but seconds, does not require an appointment, and is covered by most insurance. At Alta Health you can “Just Walk In” and get your flu shot. ….Just Do It!