With the flu season getting underway, we’ve got an important reminder: Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.
That means getting the vaccine on the first day of the flu, as soon after the first dose is administered as possible to prevent it from spreading.
And it also means getting vaccinated as soon you get home.
So, if you’re feeling a little woozy from the flu and are in the process of taking your first dose of the Covid vaccine, do it now, said Dr. Bruce Cohen, a virologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland.
“There’s nothing to do, because the vaccine is so far along,” he said.
“You can get the vaccine a few days before the flu begins.
You should be getting it on the same day you’re getting your flu shot.
That’s the best time to get the flu shot.”
That also means taking the vaccine before your parents and siblings are too, Cohen added.
“I know it’s tempting to get up early for the flu when your family is in bed, but there’s a very good chance you’ll end up getting a dose the day you are due to start your flu shots,” he noted.
If you’re worried that you might miss a dose, you can make it a priority by getting vaccinated with a vaccine that you’re already getting.
That includes the flu shots that have been given to you.
If your parents are getting a flu shot, you’re most likely getting it at least one week before you’re supposed to.
That way, you’ll be able to get a dose before they get it, too.
“The flu vaccine is going to be delivered to you the day before you get your flu vaccine, so you’re not going to miss the flu dose,” Cohen said.
And with the first flu shots, that can help you catch the flu faster, Cohen said, because you’re less likely to miss shots than if you waited until after your first shot was given.
So you might want to get vaccinated before your family, too, if they have any children.
If they have a child who is under 6, they might be able get vaccinated in person, if it’s not a regular family gathering.
“For those who are younger than 6, the flu is going away very soon,” Cohen noted.
“So, you need to get this shot as soon of the first shot as you can.
That is the way you’re going to get it.”
That means, if your family has a child under 6 who is getting the flu at home, you should get the first one.
But if they’re at work or in school, or they’re not home for the first time, you might be better off waiting until after they have gotten their flu shots.
If it’s a new flu shot for you, the vaccination schedule can vary widely.
Some people who are getting the first vaccine the first week or two after their flu shot can get it the next day or the next two weeks.
The flu vaccine for those younger than age 18, however, is given the following day.
Cohen said that the flu vaccines can be different depending on the age of the child, so they should be considered as you look at your vaccination options.
“If you’re young, you have a chance to get two or three doses.
If that’s not possible, you will be able have a booster shot the next time you get the second flu shot,” Cohen explained.
“And you should consider having your second shot before the other two,” Cohen added, because that could be when the next flu shot is given.
The number of doses a child needs to get before they start to see a flu-like symptoms is dependent on their age.
A person with a child aged 6 to 18 years old can get two doses of the FluMist vaccine, while someone with a baby aged 6 and under needs one dose of Covid and one dose for the Vero.
People aged 25 to 44 years old should get a third dose of vaccine, and people aged 45 to 64 years old, should get one more dose, Cohen noted, and those over 65 years old have a higher risk of getting a second dose of flu vaccine.
“It is really important to get your first flu shot as early as possible, but don’t delay,” Cohen advised.
“Don’t be scared.”
The flu shot that you get on the day after your flu dose is also the flu vaccination that’s given to all of your friends and family members, as well as your children, when you’re invited to their parties or social gatherings.
But you’re still not required to get any of those vaccines at your first family gathering, which means you won’t get the same flu shot again unless you want.
“When you get an invitation to your first gathering, you are expected to