“The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.”– Centers for Disease Control
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year to protect themselves from influenza – a serious disease that can lead to many health complications and in the worst cases, death.
Each year’s strain of influenza is different, and over time the flu shot’s effectiveness weakens. That’s why a yearly flu shot is recommended.
Test Smartly Labs offers flu shots – we can either:
- come to you (many workplaces have us come into the office and give flu shots to the entire team)
- or, you can come to us
Flu season is generally October through May. Ideally you would get a flu shot a few weeks before flu season starts, as it can take two weeks for the antibodies to be ready to combat influenza. But, even if it’s well into flu season – it’s wise to get a shot.
It’s important to note the CDC only recommends the injectable shot and not the nasal vaccine anymore.
Will getting a flu shot give me the flu?
This is a common myth and question – and a reason many people don’t get their flu shots. In short, no – the flu shot doesn’t give you the flu. For more info, read the CDC’s answer.