When should you get your flu vaccination?

Timing is everything, at least it is when it comes to receiving your annual flu vaccination. Getting vaccinated too early in the season may mean reduced protection against the flu later in the season. Getting vaccinated too late may mean you won’t be covered during peak times.

So, when is the best time to get your flu vaccination?

“Now is the time to get your flu shot,” says Katie Imborek, MD, director of the Respiratory Illness Clinic. “The vaccine takes about two weeks to develop antibodies in your system to provide protection against the flu, so receiving yours now, before the end of October, gives your body time to build up its defenses before peak flu season hits.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) also recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.

So don’t delay, and make your plan to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. 

There are several different ways that you can choose to receive your flu vaccine this year. We’ve taken extra measures to promote social distancing and safety.

Influenza in a Minute

You can learn everything you need to know about when to get your flu vaccine in less than a minute. Family medicine physician Nate Shaw, MD, explains this topic in the first video of this new series: