When Should I Get a Flu Shot?
2020 has been an eventful year—so much so that you may have forgotten that flu season is rapidly approaching. While the threat of another highly contagious illness may leave you feeling overwhelmed, receiving a flu shot can significantly reduce your chances of becoming sick and spreading the flu to others. So, do you know when the best time is to get a flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for people to receive a flu shot by the end of October. Because flu antibodies take about two weeks to develop after vaccination, receiving a shot well before flu season begins ramping up in December is ideal. However, it’s never too late to be vaccinated and take steps to protect your health and the health of others this flu season.
Everyone over the age of 6 months (with rare exception) should receive an annual flu shot, even young and otherwise healthy adults. The CDC estimates that up to 20 percent of the American population is affected by the seasonal influenza virus (flu) every year—that’s a lot of people!
Flu Shots at Fast Track Urgent Care
Beginning September 1, 2020, Fast Track Urgent Care in Silver Spring and Kensington, Maryland, will offer age-appropriate flu shots to adults and children on a walk-in basis. You may also reserve an appointment, if you prefer. With extended hours every day and a convenient online booking system, our physician-led clinics make it simple to quickly receive a flu shot and protect your health. Contact us today—our professionals will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the flu vaccine and why it’s so important.