A reminder of the flu season coming back was the postponement of Drake’s concerts in Miami due to his suffering from a case of the flu. Last year, this virus really took a big toll. Although we can see influenza cases all around the year “12 months out of the year”, according to Dr. Jennifer Ashton who was invited on “Good Morning America”.
We call ‘flu season’ the timeframe when the highest number of people with this illness emerge, and it generally tends to run in the U.S. from October to March. That is exactly why the CDC, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issues an annual set of recommendations on the flu vaccine.
Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated for this disease every season, the agency recommends, ideally by the end of October. However, even if this deadline passes, it still remains very helpful to get vaccinated, especially in those cases that the virus is still ravaging communities late in the year. There were cases in the past where the virus remained active as late as May.
Once you receive the flu shot, you will be able to develop antibodies which will protect you against this kind of infection after just two weeks. So, in order to obtain full immune benefits, you should get vaccinated before the start of the flu season. As you probably know by now, the flu virus changes with each year so, naturally, the vaccine has to change as well.
That’s why the flu shots from the past aren’t suitable anymore and you have to get another one. This kind of fluctuation is what really bugs doctors, as it is hard to predict how bad this year’s flu is going to be.