Pharmacists give flu shot recommendations for upcoming flu season

As the summer comes to an end, and we approach the fall, many people will be scheduling their flu shots.

Posted: Sep 6, 2018 11:56 PM

As the summer comes to an end, and we approach the fall, many people will be scheduling their flu shots.

Local physicians are recommending the best time frame for your flu shot to be the most effective. Physicians say you should get your flu shot before flu season begins, but not too early.

They say the best time to get the shot is by the end of October.
Local pharmacists and doctors have already started administering the flu shot to people who want it, but they say it's better to get the shot closer to the start of flu season. Flu season begins as early as October and can last until around march or later.

The flu vaccination typically lasts for about 5-6 months. Pharmacists say if you have gotten the flu shot during the summer, that vaccination might not last through the entire duration of flu season. Vincent Chiffy, pharmacist and owner of Parkway Drugs, recommends getting the shot closer to when flu season starts so that your shot can be the most effective.

"The CDC now, their website actually recommends waiting ‘til the end of October, if possible, because it does seem to wear off 5/6 months after you get the shot,” said Chiffy. “There's a possibility 50 percent of the vaccination isn't working so, you may see them get the flu in March when there's a big outbreak."

Pharmacists recommend the flu shot for anyone 6 months or older, and especially for anyone over the age of 65.

According to the New York State Dept. of Health, once you get the flu vaccine, it takes about two weeks for it to be fully effective.
Pharmacists at Parkway Drugs in Utica say they are scheduling appointments for anyone interested in getting the flu shot.

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