flu shotIt’s that time of year again!   Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling,  the holiday season is fast approaching, and flu season is here!

However, you don’t have to let the flu spoil your seasonal fun. Getting the flu vaccine reduces your risk of contracting the illness by up to 60%. This year’s vaccine offers protection against the most common strains of influenza virus expected to circulate this flu season.

Hampton Family Practice provides three facts you should know when considering the flu vaccine.

When Is the Best Time for the Flu Vaccine?

Flu season can start as early as October and last as late as May. Manufacturers typically ensure that the vaccine is available by early fall. It is important to remember that it takes a couple of weeks following vaccination for your body to generate the antibodies that will protect you from the virus, so it is best to get your flu shot before the height of flu season in December and January. Even if you do delay until later in the season, you can still benefit from getting the vaccine.

Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu vaccine for anyone 6 months of age or older. The vaccine is especially important for young children, older adults, pregnant women, and individuals with health conditions that increase their risk for flu-related complications. People who are allergic to eggs or who have had an adverse reaction to the flu vaccine in the past should consult their doctor before receiving the vaccine.

How Often Do I Need to Get a Flu Shot?

Even if you got a flu shot last year, you will need another one this year. The antibodies that protect you from the virus start to decline with time. The vaccine formulation also changes from year to year. This is because the flu virus is constantly evolving, which means that last year’s vaccine may not be a match for this year’s strains.

Along with providing exceptional wellness care, Hampton Family Practice offers a variety of vaccines, including annual flu shots, to keep you and your family healthy. Visit or contact us today to get your family protected from the flu this Holiday season.