When and Where to Get a Flu Shot

As flu season approaches a question that is likely on our minds is how can we help protect ourselves when flu season hits and the COVID-19 virus is still present. Mary Gentine, MD, primary care physician, answers our questions to help us understand the importance of annual flu vaccinations.

With COVID-19 still present in the community, how can we best protect ourselves from the flu this season?

Being vaccinated against both COVID-19 and the flu is the best way to protect yourself not only from getting sick, but also to help prevent community spread.

Who should get the flu shot and is it necessary to get one each year?

An annual flu shot is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older with rare exceptions. In particular people who are at high risk for complications are also recommended to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated every year is important because the vaccine only protects you for a short period of time. The virus also changes each year, so each year the vaccine is reconfigured to adapt for those changes.

When is the best time to get the flu shot?

Right now is the best time to get vaccinated — between September and October. It takes about two weeks after having the flu vaccine to build immunity, so you want to protect yourself before the peak season in November.

What options are there for someone looking to get the flu shot this year?

There are multiple options available where you can go to your local pharmacy, your doctor's office or a flu clinic. Additionally, we offer drive-thru flu clinics in some locations where you can stay in your car and get vaccinated.

Learn more about the many convenient flu shot options.