It’s not too late for a flu shot

woman getting flu shot You’ve made it this far into flu season without getting vaccinated, so why get a flu shot now? Believe it or not, flu activity tends to peak in January or February and flu can strike as late as May. As long as the virus is being spread, it’s not too late to get the shot.  

Due to the unpredictable nature of the virus’ spread and severity, vaccination is recommended for virtually everyone 6 months of age and older. It’s especially important to be vaccinated if you have heart disease, because heart disease is a major risk factor for flu complications. Talk with your doctor first if you have a severe allergy to any vaccine ingredients.

Even if you had the shot last year, get it again because each vaccine is specifically designed to target the likely strains of the virus annually, and effectiveness wanes over time.

By getting a flu vaccine, you can help prevent the spread of the illness to those most susceptible: children and the elderly. Last year, a record number of seniors were hospitalized due to the flu. Getting the shot, washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick can greatly reduce the chances of the virus spreading.