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Explained: Why October is the Best Month to Get a Flu Shot for Maximum Protection

Flu Shot for Maximum Protection

01/7 This is the best time to get flu shot for MAXIMUM protection

As we inch closer to the winter season, the scientists and medical experts across the globe continue to work at an accelerated rate to roll out a vaccine for COVID-19 for public circulation. While the fear of a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in colder months is already looming large, the medical community is also gravely worried about the fast-approaching flu season.

02/7​ Why do you need to get a vaccine for influenza?

Owing to the threat of a ‘Twindemic’ caused by both COVID-19 and influenza outbreaks, the scientists and medical community have been ardently advising people to get their flu shots. While there is no vaccine yet for COVID-19, there is one for influenza. The experts fear that widespread outbreaks of both coronavirus and seasonal flu may overwhelm the already exhausted health care system and rob the needy of the vital life-support. Since the symptoms of COVID and a season flu (cold, cough, sore throat, fever etc) are largely similar, to begin with, it is all the more crucial to get inoculated with flu vaccine this year.

03 /7 What is the best time to get flu shot?

As the world continues to fight the deadly new pathogen, taking a flu shot this year will not only reduce your risk of a co-infection with both COVID-19 and influenza, it will also reduce the number of hospitalization in the winter months. If you are waiting for the right time to get your flu vaccine, it is actually right now! Yes, according to experts, October is the best month to get your influenza vaccine to get maximum protection against the virus. As per the CDC, late October is the ideal month for the flu jab, and the health agency recommends everyone over six months to get inoculated.

04 /7 Why October is the Best Time to Get the Influenza Vaccine

Summer months are too early to get vaccinated as the protective effect of the vaccination may start to taper off till the time flu season actually begins. Dr Anthony Fauci, an immunologist and the world’s leading infectious disease expert, recommends getting the flu vaccine towards the middle and end of October, so the immunity lasts throughout the flu season. He advises against getting vaccinated in the month of September, as it may be too early and the immunity might wear off by February or March.

05 /7 The elderlies need to pay more attention

It is especially important for elderly people (those above the age of 65) and those with a compromised immune system to wait till October to get their flu shot so that the immunity lasts through the whole of the flu season. For the unversed, the protective antibodies for the flu shot develop in around two weeks, so getting vaccinated in September may not protect you against the virus towards the end of the flu season–when it is spreading the most.

06 /7 How much protection does a flu vaccine provide

Most influenza vaccines provide protection against four different strains of flu viruses (quadrivalent) which are an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses. A flu shot reduces your risk of contracting the illness by roughly 40 to 60 per cent and also brings down the severity of the disease if you do get sick. If you miss out on taking the flu vaccine in the month of October, you should get the jab whenever you can.

07 /7 What are some of the side-effects of the flu vaccine?

Most people do not develop any side-effects of the vaccine. However, there are certain minor side-effects that some people may experience, including:

1.Minor swelling and redness at the site of injection
2.Low-grade fever
3.Muscle ache
5. Headache

It is important to note that severe reactions of the vaccine are extremely rare. However, if you do develop a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine, you must contact the emergency department.

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