Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

VERIFY: Can getting the flu shot early still be effective?

VERIFY: Can getting the flu shot early still be effective?

"We have tried to put in an order for the last few weeks; our flu shots won't be in until mid-October".

With school back in session, kids are sharing germs and another flu season is around the corner, making now a beneficial time to get vaccinated. "Flu shot doesn't typically wear off", said Dr. Devin Minior. But, first, get advice from doctors. "Contrary to that myth, not getting the vaccine makes individuals especially vulnerable to catching the flu".

Those with previous history of severe allergy to influenza vaccine.

The recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu seasons are the inactivated influenza vaccines, recombinant vaccines, live attenuated vaccines and the nasal spray options.

"The injections have stronger efficacy (rate) so the MoHP uses these", she said.

The CDC is recommending everyone 6 months old and older get a flu vaccination.

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Reed said the vaccine contains viruses that have been "inactivated" and thus can't cause influenza.

Pregnant women and those with a chronic health condition are also considered high-risk for complications from influenza.

Health officials say it is never too early to be vaccinated so hopefully the HealthMap Vaccine Finder will help you and your family stay well ahead of flu season. "Even if it is not a flawless match for all this year's flu strains, the flu vaccine will provide some protection and reduce your chances of needing to be hospitalized if you do get sick".

"It is not possible to predict what this flu season will be like", the CDC says "While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one season to another".

From the pamphlet, "there are three types of seasonal influenza viruses (A, B and C) where the Type A viruses are further classified into subtypes according to the combinations of various virus surface problems". But this isn't because the vaccinations don't work for most people.

According to the CDC, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Given that different flu strains show up each year, and some risk groups are affected more than others - regionally and age wise - creating an effective flu vaccine can be a challenge for researchers. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot, and there is the rare occasion when a person will become ill during that period of time.

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