How Early Is Too Early For A Flu Shot This Year?
Did you know that they are ALREADY selling cider at Quality Dairy?
Had a conversation about it the other day with a few friends after one person saw it in the stores and another saw it online.
The consensus was that it was way too early for this.
But it's 2020, Covid-19, and honestly, all normal bets for everything are off.
And while we're talking about covid, big pharm working on a vaccine, the Russians already saying they got one, all this got me to wondering.
Is it too early to be talking about the flu shot?
Now mind you, I get the flu shot yearly. I know some folks poo poo it and have all these wives tales and misconceptions about it.
"When you get a flu shot, it makes you sick and you get the flu".
However, these are the same folks who are all gung ho about taking a covid-19 vaccine as soon as it comes out.
Sorry, I'm going to have to see some test results on anything that claims to be a covid-19 vaccine. You can take it first. I'll see what happens to you before I get it.
Sign me up for a flu shot. I can't imagine getting the double whammy that is the flu AND coronavirus.
So I've been wondering, can I take my flu shot now?
Mind you, I have no expectations that it will do anything in the form of protecting me from covid but as I mentioned, I don't want to chance getting a respiratory illness (the flu) and then possibly get the coronavirus on top of that.
According to the CDC, taking the flu shot too early is not a good idea either.
Getting vaccinated in July or August is too early, especially for older people, because of the likelihood of reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season. September and October are good times to get vaccinated. (CDC)
And another thing that may change is WHERE you get your flu shot. BC (before coronavirus) you could get a shot at work, the pharmacy, etc. That might all change this flu season because of Covid-19.
CDC is working with healthcare providers and state and local health departments to develop contingency plans on how to vaccinate people against flu without increasing their risk of exposure to respiratory germs, like the virus that causes COVID-19.
For more information on where you can get a flu vaccine, visit www.vaccinefinder.org. (CDC)