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A 61-year-old female asked:

When is the best time to get a flu shot? is one month better than another to cover the season? can i get the shingles vaccine at the same time?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Early is better: Some folks think the flu shot wears off over time & it does but over several years, not months. The problem with the flu is there are several (5-8) strains circling the globe at one time & they can only get stuff for 4 strains in the vaccine before it would weaken the power for each strain. They pick the most common strains, but that can change mid season so the vaccine sometimes misses.
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Last updated Sep 11, 2019


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