NEW YORK — If you’re feeling the flu this weekend, don’t wait for the next dose of the vaccine to arrive.
You have to get vaccinated before that, and that’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people to get up and walk out of the house at least three days in advance.
The flu shot is expected to be available Monday, the same day that the government will begin requiring people to have a flu shot in the United States.
And while you can get vaccinated in a matter of hours, if you haven’t gotten it by Friday, the CDC advises people to be ready for a long wait.
If there is an outbreak, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says there is a possibility that the flu shot could be contaminated.
He says people who don’t get vaccinated for two days and who have a fever and cough before they get vaccinated are most at risk of contracting the flu.
So, if your doctor tells you that you should get vaccinated on Monday and that you have a two-day window to get it, do it now.
Frieden says you have until 6 p.m.
ET Monday, July 1 to get your flu shot.
“If you are not vaccinated, then you need to get the vaccine before you can have it,” he said.
Dr. Michael F. Thomas, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Infectious Diseases, said the flu can be transmitted by breathing or touching contaminated air.
People can also catch the flu if they are infected with any other disease, he said, including tuberculosis.
For more information about the flu, go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
More local news: New Jersey officials say they are working on ways to get more people to vaccinate in the state.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services says it is asking people to bring vaccinations to school and at home.
They say it is a good idea to wear a mask and wear gloves.
There is a statewide campaign to get people to opt in to getting the flu vaccines.
New York State says it will begin collecting vaccinations at the state’s main health department on Monday, giving people a few days to make a choice about whether to opt out.