Flu Shot Even More Important During The Pandemic

Flu Shot Even More Important During The Pandemic

Last year's flu season was mild, probably due to masking and social distancing to prevent COVID-19. Now that these guidelines have been eased, this year's flu season could look quite different.

It's important to get vaccinated now before the seasonal outbreak begins. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective. For kids who need two doses, it takes about six weeks to be fully effective.

Experts also recommend discussing the need for an influenza antiviral strategy with your doctor so you can get a prescription for antiviral medication quickly if you have a breakthrough infection. Antiviral meds are most effective when taken within 48 hours of symptom onset.

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