The CDC and other public health officials urge individuals to get a flu vaccine soon. It’s covered by most insurance companies and is available at your local drug store, doctor’s office or clinic. Especially amid this year’s pandemic, it’s important to get vaccinated.
It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection. So, the best time to roll up your sleeve is now, before peak flu season arrives in December. That will help to protect you and those around you.
It’s possible to feel fine yet carry the flu virus, transmitting it to others who may end up having severe consequences. And, while the vaccine may not entirely prevent you from getting the flu, it should lessen the severity of symptoms.
Side effects are rare but may include mile soreness at the injection site.