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Doctors Say It's Not Too Early to Get that Flu Shot

Doctors recommend getting your flu shot before the flu season really kicks off in Connecticut.

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    Doctors Suggest Getting Flu Shots Early

    The flu vaccine is now available and doctors say you should get it earlier than later.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019)

    The CDC typically releases one flu vaccine a year, and it's meant to protect you throughout the season.

    It recommends people over the age of 6 months get vaccinated by the end of October. Doctors say it’s not too soon to get vaccinated now.

    “It’s definitely not too soon to get a flu shot,” said Dr. Patricia Garcia, a physician at Connecticut Children’s.

    She said for most people, the sooner you get a shot is better. However, if you’re older, the vaccine may work better and longer if you hold off.

    “People older than 65 might want to wait a little bit longer and talk to their doctor about that, but if you’re a younger person you can totally get your flu shot now,” she said. “You want to be vaccinated before the flu starts coming out in Connecticut, so now is definitely a good time.”

    When it comes to vaccinating children, Garcia said do your research.

    “If you don’t have a regular doctor, it’s best to check before you go to like a CVS or a Walgreens, to make sure that they can give flu shots to younger children,” Dr. Garcia said.

    The CDC advises that children ages 6 months to 8-years-old, who have never had the vaccine before, need two doses. They recommend they get them as soon as the shot becomes available, so they can get the second dose about a month later.

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