Is It Too Early to Get a Flu Shot?


In most parts of the country, it still feels like summer. But despite mild temperatures and many Americans walking around in shorts and T-shirts, signs have started to pop up reminding all of us to get our flu shot. From Walgreens to Walmart and Rite-Aid, the message is clear- a seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to fight and reduce chances of getting of getting sick.

But, like the Christmas decorations already lining the aisles of the national home improvement stores, some wonder if it isn’t too early for a flu vaccine.

“Contrary to some beliefs, getting the flu shot in September is a good thing and will offer protection for the entirety of the flu season,” Dr. Stephen Russell, an associated professor in the general internal medicine division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release.

“Most people will only need one shot each year, but the flu shot a patient had last year will not protect them for this coming flu season,” added Russell, who also is a lead physician at the UAB Medicine Moody Clinic. Read More

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