Experts Say You Should Get Your Flu Shot Now
As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, health experts are urging people to get flu shots early this year so we can avoid having the Flu and COVID-19 overlap each other.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or (CDC) is recommending that everyone over the age of six months get the flu shot every year. This year the experts are recommending people get their flu shots in September or early October.
It usually takes two weeks for the Flu Shot to work and peak Flu Season is from December to February. Having your flu shot during September and October should protect you for most of the flu season including the peak months.
According to Health.com, The CDC also says that because of COVID-19, it is important that everyone get a flu shot this year because of space in the hospitals and testing supplies.
"Even during non-COVID-19 years, during a bad flu season, hospitals run at capacity, and our ERs and ICUs are full,” Dr. Narasimhan says. “The healthcare systems can get very overwhelmed very quickly and we can run short on testing supplies which has already happened with COVID-19 earlier this year.”
Most insurance companies cover a flu shot and you can get them at your doctor's office or at local pharmacies like Wegmans, Tops, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens.
You can learn more about this year's Flu Season HERE