BOSTON (CBS) – If you go to the websites of big drugstore chains, you’re bound to see a prominent ad saying something like, “Get your flu shot now.” Some are even offering discounted shopping while you’re at it, which is a good way for stores to get customers in to spend money.
But is now really the best time to get your flu shot? Probably not.
Flu season is generally between November and April with peaks usually in January or February. If you get a shot too soon, those antibodies that the flu shot stimulates may begin to wane before you’re out of the woods.
So if you can wait a few weeks to get vaccinated, you’re probably better off. If you can’t, it’s certainly better to get immunized now than not at all.