When Are the Best and Worst Times to Get a Flu Shot?
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- Everyone 6 months old and older should get an annual flu shot. A nasal mist option may also be available. Talk to your healthcare provider if you prefer the mist instead of a shot.
- Some children ages 6 months to 8 years old might need two doses of the influenza vaccine.
- Check with your child’s pediatrician about how many doses they will need. Children getting two doses usually get their first dose as soon as the seasonal flu shot is available, then their second dose about four weeks later.
- Children needing one dose should be vaccinated as soon as it becomes available in their area.
- While fall is best, getting flu shots in December and January will still offer protection if flu viruses are spreading in your area. So you can still roll up your sleeve for a shot in early 2022.
- Once you are vaccinated, it takes your body about two weeks to develop the antibodies needed to protect against the flu.
- 38 million people had the flu.
- 18 million people went to a healthcare provider for flu-related symptoms.
- 400,000 people were hospitalized with flu-related symptoms.
- 22,000 people died of influenza.