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Although flu season can last into May, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October. That’s because it can take two to four weeks for your body to develop antibodies to protect you against the virus.
Getting your flu shot before Halloween is the best way to prepare for peak flu season, which typically hits in February.Missed the window? A flu vaccine at any time of the year is still better than none at all.
Every season, researchers develop flu vaccines that cover three or four of the most common strains. While it’s possible to become infected with a less common strain, your symptoms may be milder if you receive the vaccination.
According to the CDC, you become contagious one day before your symptoms even begin. That means spreading the flu is super easy to do. You're most likely to spread the virus within three to four days of becoming ill, but you can remain contagious for up to a week afterward. Getting vaccinated is by far your best shot at protecting your friends and loved ones from the flu.
The flu virus mutates rapidly, so last year's vaccine probably won't protect you from this year's strains. New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses—which is why you’ll need a new vaccine every year.
No one is immune to the flu, which is why everyone over the age of six months should get vaccinated.
This is especially true for people in high-risk categories, like: Young children ages five and underAdults 65+ Women who are pregnant, postpartum, or nursing People with long-term health conditions