The best time to get a flu vaccine is late winter and early spring. A flu shot will protect you from this year’s strains of influenza and the ones that may come in future years. The CDC recommends vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older, including pregnant women.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Research shows that people who get vaccinated against influenza are less likely than unvaccinated people to get sick with the virus or spread it to others. Studies show that getting vaccinated reduces your chances of becoming ill by about two thirds, compared to people who don’t get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated also helps protect other vulnerable groups such as elderly persons (at higher risk because they live longer), adults with chronic medical conditions like diabetes or asthma, and especially infants younger than six months of age (who often can’t be immunized).