When is the best time to get a flu shot?

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Every year, it seems like companies start spreading information about flu season and when to get a flu shot earlier and earlier. But when is flu season, and when should people get their flu shots?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the influenza virus is most commonly active in the United States “from late fall through early spring.” Receiving a flu shot too early in the season could result in poor coverage the following spring. Since 2010, the CDC has recommended that people over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu shot unless an individual has a specific contraindication that prevents him or her from receiving the shot.


For those who typically receive a flu shot, the CDC recommends getting a shot when they first become available in mid- to late October. Those between 6 months and 8 years old, who require a booster shot after their first shot to be fully covered, should receive the second shot no sooner than four weeks after the first is administered, according to the CDC.
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