The banners are waving at my local pharmacy, but is it really time to get my flu shot?
Christmas in July??? The Flu in August?
The Flu is a lot like Christmas. It happens at the same time every year. And reminders that it’s coming begin to appear in early August, but it’s still a little early for most of us to prepare for it.
The fact is, many people who delay getting their flu shot simply forget to get one. Waiting to get your vaccine carries its own risks. So for many, an early vaccine is better than no vaccine at all.
When to get a Flu shot really depends on you. If you’re the type of person who needs to do things when they first appear on your radar, go ahead and get a flu shot. It’s better to get a flu shot now, than to put it off and forget about it later. But it IS a little too early to get a Flu Shot in August.
Experts agree, its best to get your flu shot in late September/early October. But if you’re like me and you need to do something now, or you’ll forget…set a reminder on your calendar to get a flu shot the last Monday in September.
It’s a LOT easier to remember to get a flu shot if I’m offered one at my office. This is true for most people. In fact, statistics prove that 30% MORE people get a flu shot if they are offered at work. Then if the something comes up and I can’t get to the clinic at my work, I can run by and get one a local pharmacy.
Flu Season peaks in the U.S. between December and February according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is a little different every year. It can start as early as October and run all the way to May.
The immunity provided by the vaccine lasts 6-8 months, so you are risking exposure by having ‘waning immunity’ if you get it much earlier than October. The CDC recommends getting the shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available in your region and preferably by October.
It takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccine for the body to develop the antibodies that keep you from contracting the flu, so your protection doesn’t start right away. Getting vaccinated mid to late September gives you protection from early spread of the disease.
“My advice would be to get the flu shot whenever it’s convenient and not worry so much about trying to time it perfectly,” says Mike Rittenberry, President at People’s Bank in Bedford County.
I just don’t mess around with the Flu. We always host a flu-shot clinic and encourage everyone to get immunized. We eliminate as many health risks as we can because we know it will hit if we don’t.” says Mike. “It’s just not something we risk. We offer our employees a the Flu Shot every year. It’s just smart business.”
As a small business owner in a small business community, I don’t mess around with the potential of having a flu epidemic in the middle of my busiest and most profitable fourth quarter.” Says _____ LC Vending and one of Onsite Total Wellnesses newest customers. “It’s one of very few “knowns” in business. For the most part, I know my employees will be healthy and productive when I need them to be if I host a Flu Shot Clinic in early October.
How quickly we forget…2016 was a lighter than normal flu year. Which means we did a good job immunizing more people and keeping more people alive and well. 2017 could get sick really fast if we slide and don’t take the annual precautions WE KNOW work.
So for your best chance of avoiding the flu, the general consensus seems to be to vaccinate in early October — but experts agree that getting vaccinated at anytime is better than never. The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age get a flu vaccine every year. It’s the #1 Flu Prevention Strategy last year, this year and next year.
To book a Flu Shot Clinic at your workplace, call Onsite Total Wellness 866-217-2344 X 404