KMBC 9: Doctors say now is the time to get a flu shot
Doctors say now is the time to get a flu shot
By Kelly Eckerman
Doctors say now is the time to get a flu shot.
It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective, so now is a good time to get a flu shot. Especially for children 8 and under who are getting the flu shot for the first time - they need two doses, 4 weeks apart.
Dr. Doug Swanson says flu season is December to February, and could come earlier or later. He advises to get a flu shot early so you're not caught off guard. "We just don't know if it's going to be a really bad year, or if it's going to be a light year. Some protection is better than no protection," he said.
The Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC) has recommended yearly flu vaccine for healthcare workers since the 1980’s. Children's Mercy shows its commitment to patient safety by vaccinating its employees each year against the flu.
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